Beyond Twilight

A new exhibit will be coming to the Smithsonian in Washington DC: Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of the Quileute WolvesI’ve covered Harry Potter exhibits before so you shouldn’t be surprised that this museum exhibit ties into another popular movie franchise, Twilight. If you don’t like the series don’t go running off yet. This is actually a worthwhile exhibit about a group featured inside the movies and not about vampires who dazzle in sunlight.

Photo: National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian (previously mentioned here) will be hosting a special exhibit on the truths of the real Quileute tribe. While Stephenie Meyer may have taken liberties with the tribe’s history, the Quileute people have taken it upon themselves to set the record straight with this exhibit. Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of the Quileute Wolves features tribal artwork, stories, and artifacts.

The exhibit was originally designed by Quileute representatives and Barbara Brotherton of the Seattle Art Museum. According to Brotherton,”Quileute oral traditions trace their distinguished ancestry back to myth time when the powerful transformer, Kwa-ti, changed a pair of wolves into the first Quileute people. Thus began a long association with the wolf. ” You can find more information out about the differences in movie lore versus the tribe’s own history at Truth vs. Twilight, a Quileute tribe and Burke Museum collaboration.

Quileute basket

Photo: National Museum of the American Indian

In addition to addressing the controversy, The National Museum of the American Indian will feature wolf headdresses, baskets, history about the tribe’s close work with whaling, and artwork by students in La Push featuring historic tribal dances and rituals. Replicas of jewelry, a traditional Quileute hand drum, and Bella’s dream catcher from the movies will also be included.

During the exhibition’s opening weekend, Quileute tribal member and one of only two fluent speakers left in the tribe, Chris Morganroth III, will tell traditional stories for kids and families at 1:30 PM. He’ll also present stories about Quileute culture 11 AM and 3 PM during the Native Storytelling Festival (Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15, 2012).


Dates: January 13, 2012 through May 9, 2012 (see above for special presentation details)
Hours: 10 AM–5:30 PM daily (exhibits may close 15 minutes before closing time)
Location: The National Museum of the American Indian, National Mall, Washington DC
Tickets: Admission to the museum is free and exhibits are included
Additional visitor information can be found on the website

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