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Taken from A. Kroeber

 

 A comparison of vocabularies shows very quickly that Maidu speech falls into three languages: a southern one, spoken over a full half of the entire Maidu area, and two northern tongues which pass as northwestern and northeastern. The northwestern Maidu were below the high Sierra, part of them in the foothills where the south, middle, north and west branches of the 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. The topography is quite different in the plains and the Piedmont country. Habits of life were consequently somewhat diverse also; and with that distinction of customs went one of speech.

 

 

 

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