Quileute Tribe

Since that famous romantic Vampire v’s Werewolf saga engrossed it’s readers and then hit the big screen, the world has become much more aware of Ancient Indian Tribes and their legends, especially the Twilight lovers favourite ‘Quileute Tribe’.

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Amongst the natural beauty of the Olympic national  park, The Quileute’s live in a reservation covering 640 acres of land near the mouth of the river Quillayute at La Push surrounded by stunning forests. A mere 15 miles away from the now hugely popular town of ‘Forks’ which I believe these days has over 16,000  visitors each month during the summer. (not in anyway surprising 🙂 )

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It is said that way back in the ice age a mystical supernatural being capable of transforming other creatures took a wolf and made him in to a man therefore  creating the very first of the Quileute’s, ( making them one of the oldest known tribes in the Pacific northwest.) This is why they live with the spirit of the wolf inside them laying dormant until a time when it can be awakened and released. When young the Quileute’s would be sent off on great ‘spirit quests’ of learning and understanding to help find their own personal spirit guide that they would then rely on throughout life as their guardian and power.

WolfSpirit indiaanThe Quileute’s were an isolated but peaceful people living off the land and fishing from the sea until  one day in 1792 when a Captain by the name of Robert Gray arrived on their shores from a different part of America and set up a trade with them for furs  and such things as  beautifully woven ‘dog hair’ blankets and Baskets. There were also said to be Spanish explorers who came across their tribe and decided to remain at La push with them happy to live by their ways and beliefs.

By the 1830’s however many greedy settlers arrived looking for a place to call their own resulting in the loss of over 800.000 acres of Quileute and other tribes original land. A treaty was drawn up by the ‘All powerful’ and consuming American Government that in exchange for this land the Quileute’s would receive health care and schooling. The government also tried to add another condition to the treaty stating that the tribes should be relocated to the Quinault Reservation in Taholah (nearly 42 miles away), but this was refused and  never enforced.

The Quileute’s and many other ancient Indian tribes would suffer as time went on, being forced to live by the rules of others who had no real understanding of nature and the way these tribes wished to live, wanting to change them in to something more civilized and acceptable, but luckily today these tribes are respected and treasured as a part of Americas true heritage.



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