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The Maidu Indians Anthony. Where They Live. The Maidu people lived in North Central California. The Maidu lands had mountains, steep hills, valleys, forests, meadows, rivers, and lakes. The Mountain Maidu lived in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Homes.

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Where they live
Where They Live

  • The Maidu people lived in North Central California.

  • The Maidu lands had mountains, steep hills, valleys, forests, meadows, rivers, and lakes.

  • The Mountain Maidu lived in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.


Homes
Homes

  • The Maidu built different kinds of homes depending on the seasons.

  • In the winter, the Mountain Maidu lived in bark-covered houses.

  • The Maidu who lived at the foot of the mountains lived in earthen homes.


Family life
Family Life

  • Maidu men and women were free to choose their marriage partner.

  • The man gave gifts to the woman’s family.

  • He stayed in the village and provided for the woman and her family.


Clothing
Clothing

  • In the summer, the Maidu wore few pieces of clothing.

  • The men wore breechcloths made from buckskin or wire grass.

  • The women wore aprons made out of buckskin and plants.


Foods
Foods

  • The Maidu hunted using bows and arrows, spears, and knives.

  • The Maidu hunted pronghorn, deer, elk, squirrels, rabbits, ducks, geese, and quail.

  • They fished for salmon, eel, and other types of fish.


Society
Society

  • The Maidu lived in village communities.

  • Each community had three to five villages.


Crafts games
Crafts/Games

  • The Maidu were skilled craftspeople.

  • They made dugout canoes from large, straight trees.