Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of Quileute Wolves

January 13, 2012 – May 9, 2012

National Museum of the American Indian
4th Street and Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sealaska Gallery, 2nd Level Floor Plan

This exhibition brings together rare artworks and creates a public forum for clarifying misconceptions resulting from the popular Twilight books and films. Approximately 20 objects of Quileute art are used to offer authentic interpretation of art representing wolf mythology, including five wolf headdresses spanning 70 years (1870s–1940s). Learn from the Quileute themselves about their history, visual and performing arts, unique language and oral traditions, and ways in which their important cultural beliefs are kept alive today. Also included are historical photographs, a map of Quileute place names, a timeline of Quileute history, a 12-minute video about the rich cultural history of the Quileute Nation, and eight drawings of Quileute cultural activities—including wolf rituals—created by schoolchildren between 1905 and 1908.