Ligeex, Sudaał
b. 1818
d. 1858
Sudaał (pronounced: shou-dal) Ligeex was born around 1818, to a prominent Tsimshian family.1 Sudaał’s father was a Tsimshian Chief named Ligeex—the name, Ligeex (historically: Legaic), was a chiefly title of the Gispaxlo’ots Tsimshian and of the Eagle Clan.2
In 1832, Sudaał married a Métis trader and surgeon, John Frederick Kennedy, helping Ligeex form a powerful alliance with the HBC at Fort Simpson.3 Throughout their marriage, Sudaał maintained a certain level of ‘traditional’ power and authority…within the Tsimshian society and simultaneously wielded new sources of power and influence through her marriage to a [trader].4
Sudaał gave birth to several children at Fort Simpson, before moving to various locations, such as Fort Durham, Nanaimo, and finally, Victoria.5 In this despatch, Sudaał is referred to as the mother of Mr Kennedy's children. Sudaał and John Frederick Kennedy both died in 1858 in Victoria.6
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The Colonial Despatches Team. Ligeex, Sudaał. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/sudaal.html.

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