May 2012

Photographer: Frank Speck

Photo of historic Teme-Augama Anishnabai group at Bear Island, 1913.

Bear Island, 1913

This photo by anthropologist Frank Speck contains some well-known members of the Teme-Augama Nation and a few pieces of tribal culture.

Standing left to right: Cecine White Bear-Becker with son Walter in tiknagan (cradle board), Angele Egwuna-Belaney (wife of Archie Belaney aka Grey Owl) and daughter Agnes, Antoine Katt(?), Chief Frank White Bear (wearing chief's headdress), Second Chief Aleck Paul, John Egwuna (who hosted Archie on his land), Temagami Ned.

In the front row to the right of the empty tiknagan, the woman is wearing a shawl in the unique style of the Teme-Augama.

The photo is taken on treaty payment day. Ironically, the TAA were given treaty payments though they had not signed a treaty. Negotiations remain active today.

Can anyone identify others in the photo?

Courtesy of Canadian Museum of Civilization.

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