Buckeye 2020: May 3 ~ 9

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

~ Audre Lorde

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Scholarships

Earth-based awareness and ancestral skills are part of everyone’s collective birthright. Buckeye seeks to create a liberating and accessible space to explore our collective nature-based roots, and to offer reparations oriented towards justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in that space. Our community has a unique vantage point, explicitly dedicated to exploring our heritages in order to connect with the lifeways of our pandemic ancestors. In order to account for the the specific histories of imperialism, capitalism, colonialism, and white supremacy, which foster spaces that lack racial diversity, we offer partial and full Black, Indigenous, and People of Color scholarships. We began offering Native Youth Scholarships in 2010, which have grown to align with the emergent ways that communities and organizations are crafting a genuinely shared culture. Please help us spread the word to anyone that you know who might be interested!


Acceptance includes five days of classes with a healthy breakfast and dinner served every day. A chaperone ticket for youth 18 and under is also available. Chaperones do not need to be BIPOC.  Larger groups may require multiple chaperones. We can also help with materials fees during the gathering for classes that require them.

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Some of the 2015 recipients, chaperones, and members of the Buckeye Native Youth Scholarship committee. In past years we have enjoyed the company of native youth from all parts of the state and other states as well, from as far as New Mexico and South Dakota.

Our gatherings take place at Lake Concow which is in Concow Valley Band of Maidu country. Though we all have paleotechnologies in our ancestral past that we can reconnect with, just a few centuries ago the Indigenous tribes on this continent were living en masse in many of the ways that we are now attempting to relearn. We seek to honor the continuing cultural legacy of Native America, as we work, learn together in the reality of today. In our continuing effort to honor and respect the indigenous people of this land, we invite ongoing collaboration with Native communities.

Pictured in the photo above are a few of the 2015 recipients, chaperones, and members of the Buckeye Native Youth Scholarship committee. In past years we have enjoyed the company of native youth from all parts of the state and other states as well, from as far as New Mexico and South Dakota.

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2017 recipients from South Dakota and California

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 Write a short essay about yourselves, who you are and why you want to come to a Buckeye Gathering. Please include: your name, age, tribal affiliation (if applicable), location, and contact information. If you know any communities or individuals who could benefit from this, please let us know!  Letters of request are now being accepted. Requests will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

Please email your essay to califorigin@gmail.com

Donate Here to the Scholarship Fund!

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The Buckeye Gathering is an annual  week-long educational event offering an immersion into ancestral skills and traditional arts in a village style campout at Lake Conkow Campground, California. We exist to encourage a connection between the past and present and to foster unity through our common heritage of living skills. Classes include: friction fire, plant fiber cordage, flint knapping, local Native culture, stone, bone & wood tools, basket weaving, buckskin, pottery, nature awareness, tracking, local flora & fauna i.d., natural pigments, hunting, trapping, primitive weaponry, fiber/textile arts, herbal medicine, shelter building, games, storytelling and more.

Buckeye is a drug and alcohol free event