Monday, July 20, 2009

no hate

from the examiner:
Quileute Days celebration goes very well, tribe not angered at 'Twilight'
As reported earlier today, the Quileute Days celebration held by the Quileute Nation this weekend went very well, drawing in record attendance thanks to both Twilight and one of its actors, Solomon Trimble.

When we first learned about the Quileute Days event, the invitation read "The Quileute Tribe extends a cordial welcome to all to join them for their celebration of cultural heritage and modern lifestyle."
That cordial welcome was a promise made good upon at this event.
According to the Pennsylvania Daily News, "'We are honored to have you into our home,' said Sonny Woodruff, who organized the dance with tribal vice chairwoman Bonita Cleveland." Since Quileute Days is an annual celebration, the increased attendance at this year's celebration will only help the Quileute Nation to organize next year's event.
That said, one response piece that has come out today has been rather surprising, and quite obviously miscontrued.
The Daily Star reported that there were conflicting opinions from the Quileute Nation as to whether their recognition from the Twilight series books and films is a positive thing for the tribe. The article states that a Quileute Nation member stated that "Our heritage could be destroyed by an influx of outsiders and a tourism explosion."
In response, the Quileute Nation's representative has stated that "It appears they have taken enormous liberties to previous quotes and spun them according to their interpretation." Continues the representative for the Quileute Nation, "How unfortunate that in an effort to bottom feed on any news Twilight related they are discrediting the beautiful tribe of Quileute."
It is not news that the Quileute Nation has endured uncertainty in the face the sudden notoriety.
In the New York Post earlier this month, the issue was discussed in a more legitimate light. Said the NY Post,
"There are mixed feelings," says tribal council member Anna Rose Counsell. Over the last three months, the tribe has struggled over what to do. "This is a phenomenon that is happening whether we like it or not."
At the tribe-owned Oceanside Resort, director Renee Rux says business is up 30 percent, thanks to "Twilight." "It's been huge for us," Rux says. The resort recently partnered with a charter boat company to offer "Twilight" tour packages for $250.
At the moment, the shop stocks few "Twilight" souvenirs, including hand-knit hats emblazoned with "Bella," "Jacob" and "Edward." Another holds $8 bottles of sand, labeled "Jacob's Treasure."
Rux, a non-native, retrained the staff to reach out to visitors. "That's the paradigm shift," she says. "People [now] want that experience of being with the Quileute."
Hospitality is an ingrained part of their culture, but elders are worried about building a tourist economy. They fret about how their creation story is portrayed in the book. The tribe says they were changed from wolves to humans by a traveler. Meyer took literary liberty, enabling them to change back at will in an eternal battle against vampires.
"This is our opportunity to educate people on Quileute history," Counsell says.
Thus, the moral of the story is that, while there is some inner conflict to be had necessarily as a result of this new arrangement, the story presented by the Daily Star stretches and exaggerates the nature of the circumstances.
The Quileute Nation's tribal chairwoman said, about the event's attendants, "'I'd say [there were] about 2,000,'... adding that the popularity of Twilight books and moviebrings 'a whole new crowd' to LaPush."
It is clear that the Quileute Nation, while still making arrangements and decisions about the current events, is very appreciative and respectful of Twilight fans and views the circumstances as an opportunity to educate newly interested people as to the true nature of their history and lovely culture.

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