"Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of the Quileute Wolves" will open in the Sealaska Gallery on the National Mall at Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW in Washington, D.C., Friday and be on view through May 9.
During the exhibition's opening weekend, Chris Morganroth III, Quileute tribal member and one of only two fluent speakers left in the tribe, will tell traditional stories for children and families in the museum's imagiNATIONS Activity Center and present Quileute culture and stories in the Rasmuson Theater during the Native Storytelling Festival.
The exhibition was organized by the Quileute tribe and the Seattle Art Museum, where it was on view for one year, beginning in August 2010.
The exhibit brings together rare works of Quileute art as a counterpoint to the supernatural storyline depicted in the popular Twilight books and movies.
Wolves are an important part of Quileute legend.
But werewolves — as depicted in Stephenie Meyer's popular daydream set on the West End — never were part of the LaPush tribe's heritage."
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