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What are Maidu weapons?

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Maidu weapons are weapons made by the Maidu Native American group indigenous to California, with traditional weapons including bows, arrows and knives. The Maidu also made nets and traps used for fishing and seed beaters to assist in harvesting seeds.

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The bows, arrows and knives made by the Maidu people are very similar to those made by other Native American groups. The most significant difference is that Maidu weapons were generally very large. For example, Maidu bows were often 36 to 40 inches long, while Maidu knives were 5 to 6 inches long.

The Maidu used their weapons more often for hunting than for warfare. They used bows and arrows to hunt large game such as deer and elk, and they used knives for hunting smaller game such as rabbits and squirrels.

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