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Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of the Quileute Wolves

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  • Rob Schmidt
    http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/exhibit/exhibitDetail.asp?eventID=18532 Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of the Quileute Wolves August 14, 2010-August 14,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 30, 2010
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      Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of the Quileute Wolves

      August 14, 2010-August 14, 2011
      SAM Third Floor Galleries

      The wolf is central to the cultural beliefs of the Quileute Native Peoples of coastal Washington, and wolf imagery is prominent in
      their art forms. According to oral traditions, the first Quileute were changed from wolves by the Transformer, Kwati; those
      ancestral beginnings figure significantly in the Quileute world view, even today.

      For better or worse, the Quileute were thrust into a media firestorm with the publication of the Twilight books and the release of
      the first Twilight movies. Because the Quileute were not consulted, their "wolf origins" were misrepresented, and in the books and
      films they have been portrayed as sexed-up teen werewolves. This has precipitated unwanted visitors to their territory (in the
      thousands!).

      This exhibition consisting of about 30 objects seeks to provide a public platform for the display and interpretation of art works
      that represent Quileute wolf mythology specifically, and also the larger sphere of their beliefs about spirituality and
      transformation. As was true for the Coast Salish prior to SAM's 2008-09 exhibition S'abadeb, there have been no prior exhibitions of
      Quileute art. Although this exhibition will be modest, these carefully chosen works will reveal aspects of Quileute art history,
      style and meaning.

      -Barbara Brotherton, Curator of Native American Art
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