Maidu


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Mai·du

 (mī′do͞o)
n. pl. Maidu or Mai·dus
1. A member of a Native American people inhabiting northeast California south of Lassen Peak.
2. The Penutian language of the Maidu.

Mai′du adj.
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Noun1.Maidu - a member of a North American Indian people living east of the Sacramento river in CaliforniaMaidu - a member of a North American Indian people living east of the Sacramento river in California
Penutian - a member of a North American Indian people speaking one of the Penutian languages
2.Maidu - a Penutian language spoken by the Maidu
Penutian - a family of Amerindian language spoken in the great interior valley of California
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I reflected on this as I drove back to my hotel, past Greenville High School, which advertised itself as the "Home of the Indians." I could picture the remaining speakers of Maidu spread out over the mountains like pieces of a puzzle, each hoarding his or her own segment of the language.
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My grandmother is Washo, Pit River (Achomawi), and Maidu, all native to northeastern California.
Just ten feet away is a display case filled with Native American art of the Southwest and West: a Maidu bowl basket from 1920; Pomo baskets from the 1910s; an 1890s olla from Western Apache; and a 1910s Tohono O'ohham basket tray from southern Arizona.
At 214 Main Street, an 1861 firehouse turned museum (open 11 to 3 daily) contains a notable collection of Maidu Indian basketry.
They'll point out mortars pocking exposed bedrock where Maidu and Wintun Indians once ground acorns for food.