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What are some of the features on the map of Maidu Indian land?

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The map of Maidu Indian land, which covers part of the central Sierra Nevada mountains in northern California, includes Humbug Valley and the drainage area of the Feather and American Rivers. Features on the map include Deer Lick Rock, Monster Snake Pool, Thundering Falls and other sightseeing spots associated with Maidu legends.

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Tour maps of Maidu Indian land are provided by the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce. These maps show what's known as the Worldmaker's Trail. In Maidu legend, Worldmaker is a god who emerged after a great flood and cleared a path for the people. Today, drivers can experience this path on a 67-mile stretch of land. The route takes about two hours to travel and runs alongside pedestrian paths.

The Maidu Indian land tour loops between Quincy and Susanville and has 15 points of interest. The first stop is Gansner Park, which is where the Maidu built their winter villages. This scenic grassland is a great place to picnic.

Another popular stopping point is Thundering Falls, which has a swimming hole. Split Rocks is an attention-getter too, with its dramatic landforms and cultural history. Also called “Where the Wind Begins,” it marks a canyon that the Maidu would fill with rocks to block late summer winds and protect almond harvests.

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