Native Scholarships

The Buckeye Native Youth Scholarship Program


Our Continuing Effort to Honor and Respect Indigenous People

Native Scholarships applications are now being accepted for both weeks

Beltaine Week: April 29-May 5, 2018

Pathways Week: May 8-14, 2018


 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. The subsequent history of genocide and marginalization makes healing our present relations important to us. We seek to honor the continuing cultural legacy of Native America, as we work and learn together in the reality of today. In our continuing effort to honor and respect the indigenous people of this land, we seek connections with native communities.

Full and Partial Scholarships Available

One key component to this outreach mission is our Native Youth Scholarship Program. We have full and partial scholarships available for youth of Native American descent. Youth must be enrolled tribal members or descendants of enrolled tribal members. Acceptance includes five days of classes with a healthy breakfast and dinner served every day.

To Apply

Applicants need to write a short essay about themselves, who you are and why you want to come to a Buckeye Gathering. Please include: your name, age, tribal affiliation, location, and contact information. A chaperone ticket(need not be native) (or tickets for larger groups) may also be awarded along with youth scholarships.

If you know any communities or individuals who could benefit from this, please let us know!

Apply early.  Letters of request are now being accepted .  In recent years all spaces have been filled. After March 30, any available openings will open up the scholarships to native adults. All requests will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

Email your essay to
or mail to: Sunseed, LLC PO Box #46, 708 Gravenstein Hwy N. Sebastopol, CA 95472


The Buckeye Gathering

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 Konkow Campground, California. We exist to encourage a connection between the past and present and to foster unity through our common heritage of living skills. Pictured in the photo are a few of the 2015 recipients and chaperones of these scholarships. In the past few years we have enjoyed the company of native youth from all parts of the state and we have also had several from other states as well.

Classes during the Beltaine  Week: April 29 – May 5 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., astronomy, natural pigments, hunting, trapping, primitive weaponry, fiber/textile arts, herbal medicine, shelter building, games, storytelling and more.

The Pathways week: May 8 – 14 offers a deeper taste: spending five full days in one class with one or a few advanced teachers following an intensive pathway in a specific field.  We were deeply jazzed and honored to have hosted the following advanced teachers at our 2017 gathering. There was a high level of mastery represented there. In 2018 we will have a similar line-up.

Animal Processing ~ Jeff Sanders
Blacksmithing ~ Bryce Wood
Bow Making ~ Paul Rodgers
Braintanning Buckskin ~ Jay Sliwa & Karie Lee Knoke
Felting ~ Vicki Hillstrom
Fine Pomo Basketry ~ Corine Pearce
Friction Firemaking ~ Myron Cretney
Plant Medicine ~ John Slattery
Stone Age Tools ~
David Holladay
Tule Boats ~ Caleb Soltau
Tracking ~ Meghan Walla-Murphy & Brendan Clarke
Weaving ~ Margaret Mathewson

Pathway Youth Camp (16 and under)

Email your essay to
or mail to: Sunseed, LLC PO Box #46, 708 Gravenstein Hwy N. Sebastopol, CA 95472

Buckeye is a drug and alcohol free event.