Texas Tribal Buffalo Project (TTBP) is a community development organization working with Buffalo and utilizing Indigenous knowledge to create opportunities for the Lipan Apache community in Texas. With their relatives, the Iyanee’, the project is creating access to healthy food, resources, and education. They are working to return the Buffalo to Texas to reclaim pieces of their culture, identity, and connection to the Ancestors. They are creating a collaborative approach to engaging the community in the restoration of Buffalo that catalyzes the reclamation of language, food, and culture.
Texas Tribal Buffalo Project would like to provide the youth with hands-on opportunities to connect with their relatives, the Buffalo, and the traditional ways of life. TTBP will develop partnerships with local schools and community youth organizations. Through these partnerships The Texas Tribal Buffalo Project will recruit Lipan Apache youth and other young BIPOC for their Youth Camp. Participants will receive training on Buffalo restoration and sustainable agriculture methods at their ranch.
Throughout history, herbs and sacred plants have had an important place in the medicine of their people. These medicines were part of their ceremonies for a good way of life and handed down from generation to generation. Honoring traditional foods and returning to traditional ways, diets, and methods of healing requires the understanding that food is spiritual medicine.