Item 2009.21.23 - Memorial dedicated to Ligeex, Head Chief of Port Simpson

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Memorial dedicated to Ligeex, Head Chief of Port Simpson

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  • [ca.1932] (Creation)

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1 photograph : b&w ; 6.3 x 11.5 cm

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Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Native Lucaie (aka: Legaic or Ligeex) Head Chief at Pt. Simpson, tomb stone on the beach." Text on headstone reads: "In memory of First Lecaie, A Head Chief, died a long time ago before the white people came, also three other Head Chiefs named Lecaie, also Paul Lecaie a Head chief of the Tsimpshans Nation who died a Christian by at Port Simpson, B.C. Jan 7, 1891, Aged 45 years. Paul Lecaie said the day he died to his people: 'One thing I hope, I would die in a lonely place, so no one would see me and I hope my people will not find me for five hours, for I think I should be in Heaven by that time and if they find my body after that...they can do as they will.' His body was found 8 hours after God gave him more than he hoped for.”

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Part of the Thomas Crosby Mission Ship Photograph Collection.

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