Machicabou “Maug-e-gaw-bow”

Maug-e-gaw-bow (“Stepping Ahead” or “Starts to Stand”) was a signatory to the Fond du Lac Treaty of 1826.1 He has been described as a Chief long associated with the Northwest Company and resident at Leech Lake. He is also described as a Midewewin Medicine man. Maug-e-gaw-bow was accused of finishing off Governor Semple at the Battle of Seven Oaks. Archibald McLeod reported to Coleman: “The governor begged for his life after he was wounded severely, which the half breeds granted and one of them stood by to protect him, but an Indian whose child had died in the winter and to whom the governor told on the plenitude of his confidence that he lost his child for his attachment to the NWC, told the governor today ‘you must follow my child as you boasted it was medicine killed him,’ so saying he shot him. Louis Vasseur said “an Indian who recognized Semple and blamed him for the death of his child, shot Semple in the chest and killed him.” Coltman says: “Now the Indians in their council stated to me, that of the three present on the occasion, one ran away as soon as the battle began; and Machicabaou said, that he hid himself in a hole in the ground immediately after the first shots, and continued there till the battle was nearly over.” At trial Michael Martin said that he saw an Indian by the name of “Fils de la Corneille” (son of the Crow) kill Governor Semple.2

Edited and Compiled by Lawrence Barkwell Coordinator of Metis Heritage and History Research Louis Riel Institute


Stepping Ahead was a delegate of on of the Pillager Bands at Crow Wing River. The first treaty of Fond du Lac in 1826 was signed by Lewis Cass and Thomas L. McKenny for the United States and representatives of the Ojibwe of Lake Superior and the Mississippi on August 5, 1826 and proclaimed on February 7, 1827. 2 Op. cit., at p. 256.

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