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The two divisions of the Atsugewi inhabited different territories with dissimilar ecosystems. The Atsugé occupied the "rugged lava-strewn valleys north of Mount Lassen" while the Aporié peopled an upland (above 5,000') desolate plain; an area bordered by Burney Valley to the west, Hat Creek to the east and the edge of the Pit River Valley on the north. This setting is dominated by harsh winters and heavy snows (Garth, Atsugewi 236).


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