Porcelain, Engraved with Interior Glaze
The Fraser River flows up the valley near Lillooet and was a primary source of sustenance for the St’át’imc people, as several salmon runs ventured up the river annually. Leach frequently depicts the representation of the river, two parallel wavy lines, in conjunction with either the salmon or dip net pictographs.
The St’át’imc have some of the best salmon fishing and wind drying areas in the Fraser Canyon area . Salmon runs are frequent in the Fraser River, with spring salmon running in April and again in late summer as well as a string of sockeye salmon runs starting in June. Patrick emphasizes the importance of salmon to the St’át’imc people.