Thank you, Twilight. Yeah, we said it. Let's face it, if not for the books and films that brought the Quileute people to life (even if mistakenly stereotypically) it's likely that the vast majority of America never would have heard of them at all. But thankfully for them and for us, Twilight inspired this exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum, which cleared up a lot of, er, misconceptions... most notably that each male member of the Quileute tribe runs around shirtless at all times.
Quileute Children, 1907, Sarah Endicott Ober, University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Truly, The Real Story of the Quileute Wolves explores the very real culture of the coastal Washington tribe. It includes interviews with actual members talking about their way of life, art, and preserving tradition. There are also historical artistic Quileute artifacts, many of which have never before been displayed. This exhibit is the first in existence about the "real Quileute wolves" that seeks to provide an authentic, first-person account of their experiences.
It has been almost a year since this exhibit opened at SAM, and if you haven't seen it yet don't hesitate to experience one of the most beautiful cultures of the Pacific Northwest.
The Real Story of the Quileute Wolves
Through August 14
Seattle Art Museum