Maude Kegg, basketmaker and author

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Maude Kegg, basketmaker and author

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 29, 2018

This photo is of Maude Kegg with wiigob for basketmaking, Mille Lacs, 1947. It was taken by Monroe Killy.

Maude Kegg, or Naawakamigookwe (Middle of the Earth Lady), was a renowned Ojibwe artist, writer, and cultural preservationist. She was born near Portage Lake in 1904 and was an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. She wrote several books recounting Ojibwe life and stories and, in later years, she worked as an interpreter at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post. Kegg is perhaps best known for her beautiful beadwork.

Learn more about her and Ojibwe history.