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Maidu Tribe

Maidu Indians (‘man’, Indian’ ). A tribe formerly dwelling in Sacramento valley and the adjacent Sierra Nevada in California. This single tribe constitutes the entire Pujunan linguistic family of Powell, all the divisions of which called themselves Maidu, and distinguished themselves one from another by their local names only. The Maidu proper, comprising the divisions north of Bear river valley, were formerly considered a different stock from the Nishinam, who are now recognized as the southern branch of the family. The names of the Maidu villages and of the inhabitants were usually local place names. It maybe doubted if, in the following list of the divisional and village names, the former have a greater value than the latter or were in fact anything more than the larger villages with perhaps outlying settlements of a more or less temporary character. Maidu Nation The Maidu Tribe was broken down into divisions and villages: Divisions: Cohes Cushna Hoitda Honkut Kiski Konkau Kulomum Molma Nimsewi Pakamali Tsaktomo Tsamak Tsulumsewi Tummeli Ustoma Willi Yumagatok Yunu Villages: Bahenom Bamom Bauka Bayu Benkomkomi Botoko Eskini Hembem Hoako Hoholto Hokomo Hopnomkoyo Indak Kalkalya Kotasi Kulaiapto Kulkumish Michopdo Mimal Molma Nakankoyo Oidoingkoyo Okpam Ola Ololopa Onchoma Opok Otaki Pakan Paki Panpakan Pitsokut Pulakatu Sekumne Silongkoyo Sisu Siwim Sunusi Tadoiko Taikus Taisida Tasikoyo Tchikimisi Tishum Tomcha Totoma Tsam Tsekankan Tsuka Wokodot Yalisumni Yamako Yauko Yiikulme Yodok Yotammoto Yumam...

Maidu Indians

Maidu. A native term meaning “person.” Also called: Wawdh, Paiute name for all Sacramento River tribes. Maidu Connections. Formerly considered an independent stock, the Maidu have now been placed in the Penutian linguistic family. Maidu Location. In the drainage areas of the Feather and American Rivers. Maidu Subdivisions and Villages The Maidu are divided, mainly on dialectic grounds, into the Nishinam or Southern Maidu (holding the whole of the American drainage plus that of the Bear and Yuba Rivers), the Northeastern Maidu (on the upper reaches of the North and Middle Forks of Feather River), and the Northwestern Maidu (below the high Sierra, part in the foothills where the South, Middle, North, and West Branches of Feather River converge, and on upper Butte and Chico Creeks and part in the open Sacramento Valley along the lower courses of the same streams). Southern Division: Bamo, southwest of Placerville. Bushamul, on Bear River below the foothills. Chapa, between the South and Middle Forks of American River. Chikimisi, on a branch of the North Fork of Cosumnes River. Chuemdu, on Bear River below the foothills. Ekele-pakan, west of Placerville. Helto, on an east branch of Feather River. Hembem, on the North Fork of American River. Homiting, on Bear River below the foothills. Honkut, on Feather River north of Marysville. Hoko, on Feather River below Marysville. Indak, at Placerville. Intanto, on Bear River below the foothills. Kaluplo, on Bear River below the foothills. Kapaka, on Bear River below the foothills. Kolo-ma, on the South Fork of American River. Kulkumish, at Colfax. Kushna, on the South Fork of Yuba River. Lelikian, on Bear River...

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