nelly @gitwangak battle hill
The story goes that famed first nation chief ‘Nekt. Carried away a Gitwangak woman named Luu’k’lsw to become his wife. To escape Luu’k’isxw cut off his head while he was asleep. she fled in a canoe with her son next. Village Gitwangak, Man-crushing log. thunderbird crest
The totem pole at Gitwangak village is called “where-climbs-frogs” tells his story.
nekt led a raids against neighboring tribes. There warriors stormed the battle hill twice with no luck. the Gitwangak released spiked logs and let them roll down crushing the attackers.
At a fight on the Nass river an arrow stuck and Nekt leg he fell to the ground and was beheaded. by a Nisga’ warrior. When he died it marked the end of the wars in this part of Canada. The village on top of Battle Hill was abandoned and burned to the ground. The people of Battle Hill moved to Gitwangak where they still live . They celebrate the history of Nekt and battle hill.
Travel and trade 1000 of year 1st nations people traveled by trails and canoe routs, the rivers and trails are like our roads today. It proved access to hunting grounds an trade routs, Nikt travelled these trails to raid neighboring tribes. The main trail in this part of canada is the Kitwankul trail or Grease trail. it is 60-kilometre. It connected the people of the Skeena River to the Nass River. In 1872 the Canadian pacific Railway explored this trail.
There Grease trail got its name from the Candle fish or (eulachon) caught on the Nass waters.
The Gitwangak or people of the place of rabbit are of the nations Gitksen, People of the Skeena River. Gitwangak river and long the skein river to the east and west of its confluence with the Kitwanga river. Gitwangak society is has four clans, Frog-raven, wolf, eagle and fireweed.
Ancestors of the Gitwangak came to Battle Hill in the 1700. In 1930 they abandoned Battle Hill and moved to Gitwangak village. it is not the Skeena River. They carved a cedar totem pole to celebrate their history. 1 pole is called the Man-crushing log they raised it in 1905. It includes major episodes int e Nekt’s life. 1 his grizzly bear armor and magical club, K’I’lax. meaning strike only once. 2nd a thunderbird crest, when he capturered form the kitamaat. 3 one of a ruling logs from battle hill fort
this totem pole stands in Gitwangak