Kegg, Maude (1904–1996)

In 1904, along Portage Lake, in a birch-bark-and-cattail wigwam, a baby named Naawakamigookwe (Middle of the Earth Woman, also called Maude) was born to Agwadaashiins (Nancy Pine) and Gwayoonh (Charles Mitchell). She took her first breath in the traditional Ojibwe home of her family. It was the beginning of a life guided by cultural traditions, continuous adaptation to a fast-changing world, and an inherent skill for interpreting her people’s culture and history.

Maude Kegg and four generations of her descendants

Maude Kegg and four generations of her descendants

Maude Kegg (seated at center) holding her great-great-granddaughter Desiree, ca. 1988. Also pictured are Kegg’s daughter Betty Kegg (above right); her granddaughter Victoria Verkennes (above center); and her great-granddaughter Kristine Verkennes, above left).

Necklace made by Maude Kegg

Necklace made by Maude Kegg

Medallion necklace with loom-beaded strap and circular pendant featuring a beaded rose design and leather backing. Made by Maude Kegg (Mille Lacs Ojibwe), ca. 1970.

Basswood doll made by Maude Kegg

Basswood doll made by Maude Kegg

Basswood doll dressed in a rust dress with a beaded belt. Made by Maude Kegg (Mille Lacs Ojibwe) no later than 1996.

Maude and Martin Kegg harvesting basswood bark

Maude and Martin Kegg harvesting basswood bark

Maude and Martin Kegg harvesting basswood bark, Mille Lacs, 1947. Photo by Monroe P. Killy.

Maude Kegg (center) and family boiling maple sap

Maude Kegg (center) and family boiling maple sap

Maude Kegg (center) and family boiling maple sap in order to make maple sugar, 1947.

Maude Kegg and her family at Mille Lacs

Maude Kegg and her family at Mille Lacs

Maude Kegg (right) and her family, Mille Lacs, 1947. Photo by Monroe P. Killy.

Maude Kegg at Mille Lacs

Maude Kegg at Mille Lacs

Maude Kegg at Mille Lacs, undated. Photo by Monroe P. Killy.

Maude Kegg working with wiigob (basswood)

Maude Kegg working with wiigob (basswood)

Maude Kegg preparing wiigob (basswood) for basket making, Mille Lacs, 1947. Photo by Monroe P. Killy.

Maude Kegg at Mille Lacs

Maude Kegg at Mille Lacs

Maude Kegg at Mille Lacs, undated. Photo by Monroe P. Killy.

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