The Maidu are an indigenous people of northern California. They reside in the central Sierra Nevada, in the drainage area of the Feather and American Rivers. In Maiduan languages, Maidu means 'person'. There are three subcategories of Maidu: Estimates for the pre-contact populations of most native groups in California have varied substantially. Population of Native California. Alfred L. Kroeber estimated the 1770 population of the Maidu (including the Konkow and Nisenan) as 9,000. Sherburne F. Cook raised this figure slightly, to 9,500. Kroeber reported the population of the Maidu in 1910 as 1,100. The 1930 census counted only 93. As of 1995, the Maidu population had recovered to an estimated 3,500. The Maidu were hunters and gatherers. The Maidu were exemplary basket makers, weaving...'
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