(`Memory and Imagination: The Legacy of Maidu Indian Artist Frank Day' Rebecca J. Dobkins with Carey T. Caldwell and Frank R. LaPena. 1997. pp. 86 & 103) Maidu Walk (1980) tells the story of the forced removal of Indian people from Chico in the Sacramento Valley to the Round Valley Reservation in Mendocino County in 1863. This two-week westward trek crossed over hot, rugged terrain, and dozens of the hundreds who began the march either died or were left sick along the way. Although most of the Indian people who began the walk were Mikchopdo and Konkow Maidu from Butte County, stories of suffering at the hands of soldiers spread far and wide among other Maidu people. In Castro's painting, a military officer armed with a whip oversees the trek, while the Maidu march westward in sight of the Sutter Buttes, a place of power for the valley peoples....The 1863 forced removal from Chico to Round Valley is discussed by Hill (Hill, Dorothy. 1978. `The Indians of Chico Rancheria'. Sacramento: Department of Parks and Recreation.) and by McGreal (McGreal, Patricia. 1994. `Dalbert Castro: Nisenan Painter'. Unpublished manuscript in the collection of the Oakland Museum of California.).
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