Buckeye 2020, May 3-9
Spring, 2020: After nine years of offering Ancestral Skills, we are gently emerging from a year off. Prompted by the needs to rest, undergo transformation, and tend to the results of wildfire at Lake Concow, we are emerging both renewed and still unfolding our new wings. This year will be simpler in many respects, including about half of our previous size. Work trade is open, reparations scholarships are open, and we hope to open registration March 7th. A spectrum of teachers are confirmed, and we are still need a few more staff people. Our last few big years filled slowly, and we are curious if we will fill our new capacity this year.
~ Ancestral Skills ~
Once again, we will be inviting a host of teachers to offer skills and awareness ranging from basketweaving and hide tanning to herbalism and fire making. Besides starting back up smaller, our recent Serotiny year has led us to choose to dedicate more time during the gathering to our reciprocal relationship with the land. We are excited to add this flavor to our traditional week!
What we offer has not always been known as ‘Primitive Technology’, ‘Ancestral Arts’, ‘Wilderness Survival’ or ‘Earth Living Skills’. At one time it was simply LIFE. In all of our histories are ancestors who crafted by the rhythm of the seasons and generations.
We were inspired to begin this gathering by the longstanding contemporary community that has been rediscovering this legacy and innovating for decades before us. We invite you to join us this coming Spring as we gather again to learn to integrate older ways, to begin to fathom what a village might be like for us today, and to see where inspiration takes us!
A Family Oriented All-inclusive Event
We encourage a family-oriented, all-ages event that emphasizes skills and materials indigenous to California, while welcoming talents from all over the map as well. Choose from a wide range of classes every day; enjoy the fire and activities together at night; share food, song & dance. The main fire is our camp central, with field and forest for camping in tipis, tents, vehicles, and under the stars.
At Buckeye, you might find craft and skill workshops such as:
primitive first aid
Indigenous Land Management
Traditional Ecological Knowledge