QWP: Many seem to agree that the Twilight Saga has opened doors for Native American actors to more modern roles. What are your thoughts on this?
RM: “Open Doors” is an interesting term. The Twilight Saga has definitely given the Native American a place within this current generation of actors coming through Hollywood. We all have a dream but commitment to this dream is what will make the difference for people to vision the Native in modern roles. Its kind of funny … the essence of the Native Spirit tends to resist modernization for a desire to return to the Old Ways, yet we struggle to show that the Native does not only come drunk, in breechcloth and sounding primitive. Don’t get me wrong, I embrace the loin, that’s my bread and butter but we still have a ways to go. I am so thankful for Stephenie Meyer and the Twilight Saga for bringing a well-needed change to the faces of Hollywood. I am excited to keep the energy flowing.
This image kind of says it all about Twilight's respect for Natives. Who in their right minds thought this was a great way to portray traditional Quileute Indians? Half-naked and wearing little wolf hats that look like grade-schoolers made them in arts and crafts.
We discussed this scene in Flashback in Twilight Movie. You might think this flashback took place hundreds of years ago. No, it supposedly occurred in the 1930s--after Indians became US citizens and perhaps after the Quileute tribe adopted a constitutional government. These Indians may have served in World War I or the Civilian Conservation Corps...but Hollywood thinks they were still primitive savages.