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Annual Buckeye Gathering
Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 8:00 am — Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Lake Concow Campground | 12967 Concow Road , Oroville, CA
“We live, we die, and like the grass and trees, renew ourselves from the soft earth of the grave. Stones crumble and decay, faiths grow old and they are forgotten, but new beliefs are born. The faith of the villages is dust now … but it will grow again … like the trees.”
-attributed to Hinmuuttu-yalatlat / Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce
We began the Buckeye Gathering in Northern California because…it’s about time. There is a rare density here of talented instructors, students with that eager glint in their eye, and intertwining movements, so we gather this first spring to offer a week of practical classes on time-honored living skills. Seasonal harvests and celebrations are a hallmark of human culture; we offer an open invitation to folks from all corners to join us in making Buckeye an annual tradition for networking and inspiration. California, for its resources and diversity, also traces its historical roots as an area of trade and travel along the Pacific Rim, so it is no wonder that it still gathers us.
“Buckeye” is both a native tree, named de-sa’ ka-la’ by the Pomo, and Aesculus californica by Linnaeus, as well as being a native butterfly. The buckeye tree is a seasonal indicator, blooming early in the spring, and a first harbinger of autumn here in Northern California. The wood is prized for its use in friction fires. Many beautiful flowers bear one fruit: the buckeye nut which has been boiled & leached as a survival food as well as used to shock fish to the surface of pools. Some carry the nuts for good luck; the palmate leaf resembles the human hand.