What were some Maidu traditions?

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Here are three traditions from traditional Maidu culture:

  1. Girls' adolescence ceremony.  This consisted of various rituals being performed on the girl who was being honored.  In addition it included five nights of singing, sometimes including dancing.
  2. The "Mourning Anniversary."  Something like a Memorial Day-type observance in which the dead were honored.  This took place every year in the early Fall.
  3. First salmon celebration.  This marked the beginning of the fishing season but consisted only of the first salmon caught being cooked by a shaman and its flesh distributed among the people.

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