Quileute elder Roger Jackson was one of several tribal advisers
behind an exhibit on the Quileute culture. Jackson carved these
masks, which he brings out at tribal ceremonial occasions.
The goal of a new exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum is simple: to set the record straight after the Quileute Tribe's international exposure in the vampire-themed "Twilight" books and films, in which tribal members are depicted as teen-age werewolves provoked into snarling fits of temper when vampires are present.
Opens at 10 a.m. Saturday at Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave.
A blessing ceremony begins in the gallery at noon. The exhibit will be up for one year.
A celebration begins at 1 p.m., with a special two-hour, free performance by 50 Quileute tribal dancers, including a wolf dance, in the Brotman Forum, just inside the museum doors near the main admission desk.
Fees for the exhibit are suggested at $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 62 and over and military with ID; $9 for students and youth ages 13-17; free for kids 12 and under and for SAM members.
QUILEUTE RESERVATION, La Push, Clallam County
Jackson and other tribal members at Quileute are working to revive the wolf society. He was part of the group of advisers for the exhibit. While much of the tribe's culture remains private, he hopes the exhibit will bring forth more stories and more sharing from his tribe and others, to deepen an ongoing cultural revival.
"We got the tail end of it; just like our language, it almost disappeared," Jackson said.
"Bringing this out, for it to be displayed and showed, maybe the doors will be opened for the Quileute tribe," Jackson said. "That is the way I see it. People will see that, and say, 'I have important information for you Quileutes I have carried for a long time.' "
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