The Chief Legaik Rock Paintings

I have driven by these paintings many times during our UNBC Educational Tours but never knew exactly where they were. On this past trip with the foliage gone the paintings stuck out I decided to take a closer look. The portrait is believed to be that of the Tsimshian Chief, Legaik. The left side of the painting records a feast given by the chief in which 9 containers were given away.

The painting was done by an artist named Lequate in the 1830’s.

How did he manage to paint this on this massive rock face?

It is believed he was suspended in a cedar basket from a rope from above the rock face while he painted the rock.

Here are a few photos

Chief Legaik Petroglyphs
Chief Legaik Petroglyphs
Chief Legaik Pictograph Close up
Chief Legaik Pictograph Close up