AUGUST 26, 1986


Born August 26, 1904, near Portage Lake, Minnesota, her Ojibwe name meant “Centered on the Ground Woman.”  She was so-honored for her “knowledge, wisdom, and efforts” in preserving “Ojibwe culture and language.”  Kegg’s dictation of Ojibwe stories comprise 3 books: When I Was a Little Girl (1976), At the End of the Trail (1978), and What My Grandmother Told Me (1983).  Working at the State Historical Society at Mille Lacs, she helped construct a diorama of the seasonal life of the Ojibwe.  A resource on tribal language and agricultural practices, Kegg was best known, however, for her beadwork.  A master of Ojibwe loom techniques, she was one of few able to produce a traditional bandolier bag.  Several pieces are in the Smithsonian Institute.  One of her bandolier bags was featured in the American Federation of Arts’ exhibit Lost and Found: Native American Art, 1965-1985.  Maud received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1990.  She died in Minnesota, January 6, 1996.

Source:  "NEA National Heritage Fellowships: Maude Kegg," National Endowment for the Arts, 1990.  Retrieved 7/11/2019,
Photo:  Monroe P. Killy (1910-2010), 4/19/1947. Used with permission of the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS).   Source:

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