PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP/CBS Seattle) — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will host an exhibit of 23 Quileute artworks intended to teach the tribe’s history compared to “Twilight” creator Stephanie Meyer’s version.
“Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of the Quileute Wolves” will open in the Sealaska Gallery on the National Mall at Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW in Washington, D.C., Friday and be on view through May 9.
Meyer leans heavily on the tribe’s history in her franchise that depicts the Quileute, including Taylor Lautner, as werewolves opposite a coven of vampires with which they have an ancient treaty.
While the wolf part is there, Curator of Native American Art Barbara Brotherton said, the werewolf part is a stretch.
According to oral traditions, the first Quileute were changed from wolves by the Transformer, Kwa-ti; those ancestral beginnings figure significantly in the Quileute world view, even today, a release reports.
The exhibition was started by the Quileute tribe and the Seattle Art Museum, where it was presented starting in August 2010.
Among the pieces to be displayed in the Smithsonian exhibit are elaborate wolf headdresses, rattles, baskets and a whale-bone dance club.
“We welcome any opportunity we have to educate the world about the true story of the Quileute people,” said Chairwoman Bonita Cleveland.
“The Quileute Tribal Council decided to take the global spotlight and attention we have received as a result of the Twilight phenomenon and share with the global audience our history, culture and traditions.
“The Smithsonian exhibit is the perfect forum to tell the authentic story of our people, and we are honored to have our ancestral items displayed at this prestigious venue.”
Also on display will be a time line of Quileute history and a 12-minute looped video that presents interviews with tribal members and teens as they describe the effect of the “Twilight” films in their own words.
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