By Rob Ollikainen
The 25-year-old actor who played Sam Uley in the movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's first novel of Forks-based fictional series, said he was "honored" and "deeply moved" to be a special guest at Quileute Days on Saturday.
By coming to Quileute Days, Trimble--who is Mescalero Apache and Lakota Native American--who is said he was able to experience part of the Quileute culture.
He joined a group of 45 dancers and singers from the Quileute, Quinault and North Star tribes in a 2 ½-hour cultural arts program.
He wore black shorts with a red and white cape gown, and carried a decorative wolf headpiece in the ceremonial dance.
He proudly admits that he lives his life "110 percent drug- and alcohol-free."
Ideally, Stephenie Meyer would've consulted with the Quileute tribe throughout the novel and movie process. But this is the first I've heard of anyone's thinking of consulting with the Quileute. If the filmmakers consulted with the tribe at all, no one has mentioned it.
Curiously, two articles have painted a contrasting view of the Quileute attitude toward tourism. I'm not sure which is more accurate:
Quileutes ponder Twilight tourism
Quileutes embrace Twilight tourism
For more on the subject, see Quileute Werewolves in Twilight.
Below: "Solomon Trimble, an actor from the movie 'Twilight,' takes some time to pose with Silvana Kalama of Queets prior to the Quileute Days parade on Saturday in LaPush." (Photo by Lonnie Archibald/for Peninsula Daily News)