Tsimshian Society and Culture
Raids by small groups of tribes from the interior driven by
hunger posed a constant threat to the Tsimshian, as did major,
but infrequent, raids by Haida and Tlingit from their islands
to the west and north.
Model of Kitwanga Fort, by Arthur Price
and Dr. G.F. MacDonald.
Tsimshian men built fort-like enclosures to protect their clans
during times of invasion. The original
Fort was built by the ancient warrior, Nekt, on a hill about 3 km north
of the present village of Kitwanga. Nekt was a highly feared warrior who
led raids against villages on the coast and on the Nass River. To
defend against enemy raids, a fence of spiked logs was built around
the five houses of his tribe. The logs could be released to roll
down onto the invaders. The "man-crushing log" became a crest that
was put on totem poles by some Kitwanga and Gitsegyukla families.