November 20, 2009

Media doesn't know Quileutes are real

'New Moon' premiere like being in a movie for Quileute tribal members

By Paige DickersonCanadian clothing designer Dorothy Grant loaned [Chairwoman Carol] Hatch a couture dress with a coastal design in red and black--colors that are traditionally important to the Quileute, [Publicist Jackie] Jacobs said.

"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."
Comment:  Let's think about this a minute. Millions of people have read the Twilight books and seen the Twilight movie. The media has written tens of thousands of articles on the Twilight phenomenon. Yet after all that scrutiny, half the media don't realize there's a real Quileute tribe?!

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.

5 comments:

nemogbr said...

Glad to see real Native Americans portraying Native American characters.

dmarks said...

Which is kind of undone because of the one getting the most screen time not being Native.

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floatingpencil said...

I didn't know the Quileutes were real. Of course, I don't know the names of a lot of the Native American people because it just wasn't taught in English schools. In fact, other than a vague 'and around this time, America happened' it wasn't mentioned at all.

Mostly, though, I thought they must be made-up because it never occurred to me that Meyer would use a real people and make them all werewolves. Like taking something important to someone and making a spectacle or a joke out of it. Once I found out the Quileutes were real I found it all a bit uncomfortable. Like, you can make up a history if you made up the Quileutes themselves, but if you didn't then it doesn't seem right.

Anonymous said...

What Floatingpencil said. It would never occur to me that somebody, in this day and age, would take *real contemporary people* and write a fake history about them being werewolves. I'm actually appalled...