Maidu of United States


People Group Info

Total Population: 2,500

ROP3 Code: 106057
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: English - (eng)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: United States

Status of Christianity


Unengaged and Unreached

GSEC Level: 1

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Majority Located Where

  Oroville, CA - 2,500

Located in northern California in the central Sierra Nevada, in the drainage area of the Feather and American Rivers. Also they reside in Humbug Valley. The Konkow Valley Band of Maidu is located in Oroville, California.

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Brief Profile

The Maidu people are an indigenous people of northern California. They reside in the central Sierra Nevada, in the drainage area of the Feather and American Rivers. Also they reside in Humbug Valley. In Maiduan languages, Maidu means "man".

The Maidu were exemplary basket weavers, weaving highly detailed and useful baskets in sizes ranging from thimble-sized to huge ones ten or more feet in diameter. The stitches on some of these baskets are so fine that you need a magnifying glass to see them. In addition to closely woven, watertight baskets for cooking, they made large storage baskets, bowls, shallow trays, traps, cradles, hats and seed beaters. To make these baskets they used dozens of different kinds of wild plant stems, barks, roots and leaves. Some of the more common were fern roots, red bark of the redbud, white willow twigs and tule roots, hazel twigs, yucca leaves, brown marsh grass roots and sedge roots. By combining these different kinds of plants, they were able to make geometric designs on their baskets in red, black, white, brown or tan.

The primary religious tradition of the Maidu revolved around the Kuksu cult, which was a central California religious cult system based on a male secret society and characterized by the Kuksu or "big head" dances.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for evangelical Christians to ministry in word and deed plus share Christ with the Maidu people.
  • Pray that evangelical Maidu will have boldness to share the message of Christ with the Maidu people.
  • Pray evangelical Maidu will cross-cultures to share Christ with near culture Native American peoples.

Resources

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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesOrovilleChicoCA2,500