By Paige Dickerson
"It really was amazing," she said.
Jacobs and Hatch walked the red carpet and did interviews with representatives of various media companies.
The rest of the group--along with the Quileute students who were between 8 and 22 years old--went to a VIP area where they could meet the stars and take pictures.
"When we would approach the various media people, and I introduced the chairwoman, it was a really interesting thing," Jacobs said.
"About half of them were shocked that there really was a tribe called the Quileute, and the other half were amazed that she was there on the red carpet with them."
This is what happens when you turn real Indians into fictional warriors, shamans, and werewolves. You place them in some alternate reality of mystery and magic where they never fought European invaders, signed peace treaties, or established modern governments. By equating Indians with ferocious beast-men, you deny that they have the accouterments of a civilized people: history, culture, language, religion, philosophy, and art.
As I've said before, I'd love to see how Twilight fans would do on a Quileute quiz. Some might know that Quileute is a real tribe in Washington state. Other than that, though, I suspect they'd do poorly.
For more on the subject, see Twilight Readers Forget Quileutes and Quileute Werewolves in Twilight.