Review: Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Fourth, the Native Americans turn into wolves for chrissakes. Can we say STEREOTYPE? Look, ok, we are magical forest creatures intimately connected with nature and all, and of course we are animal-like! We're noble savages! We imprint on people like ducks....What the? Ok, if this was a group of white people who turned into wolves then they'd be cool shapeshifters, but the stereotypes of Native Americans as mythical nature fairies adds another dimension. We've already been placed in the realm of fiction enough that some Americans forget we really exist...in like a contemporary way, just look at Peter Pan. Not only that, but these Natives constantly possess many of the animal attributes of the wolf, like the aforementioned impulsivity and imprinting. In short, this story paints Native Americans as closer to being animals than human. It's a slippery slope back to when people of color were considered by scientists to be sub-human, and were treated thus by society. I know that sounds extreme, but these can be the unconscious connections people make.
Fifth, oh for the love of god for some people this is their only exposure to Native Americans and they think we turn into wolves! OH THE HUMANITY!
By Natalie Zutter
Vampires are ageless yet ancient, typically white and upper-class due to their centuries of existence: They are able to amass the resources and money as they move through the decades so that they are untouched by hunger or poverty. Werewolves, on the other hand, are often portrayed as people of color, living within a tribe (Native American or otherwise). Their "powers" are passed down through blood and heritage, carefully honed. Their coming of age is coming to terms with their shapeshifting capabilities.
Below: "Yes, both my shirts and pants shred when I turn into a wolf. But wearing pants only makes me look like a sexy savage!"