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15 July 2008 @ 12:33 pm
 
Question type: Quileute mythology/culture, today
How I've researched it: read the Quileute Nation's site (mainly the culture page), and twilight_ndnz, and various books at home (including Tony Hillerman's novels and A guide to America's Indians)
My query:    I know (thanks to Hillerman's novels) that witches as Europeans describe them (as people who can cast curses on others and as people who can change shape) are evil in Navaho culture. What I didn't found in my search is if Quileutes have the same views regarding this kind of supernatural powers. 

So, my question is: would a European witch/wizard being tagged as evil as the Cullen for the Quileutes, or would they go along?

Thanks a lot in advance, and forgive me for any mistake I'd have made (I'm French and English isn't my native language)
 
 
 
medoraly on July 15th, 2008 12:21 pm (UTC)
If you like a good novel, check out Sherman Alexie; he's from the same region as the Quileute. His newest book, The Absolutely True Adventures of a Part-Time Indian, was recommended by Meyer and it won the National Book award (a big USA prize).

You may be able to find specifics on the Quileute, I know Meyer has said that all of the mythology she presents is Quileute aside from the Cold Ones myth, but my guess is that European based supernatural forces would be considered "bad" *if* the Quileute mythology is anything like other Native cultures, specifically Six Nations and the Five "Civilized" Tribes because our religious/spiritual focus is on balance. I've always read the werewolf gene as coming to be to restore balance. Hope this helps a little. XD

* myth/ology used in a literary deconstructive context and not to imply that our stories are untrue, etc.
alexiel_neesan on July 17th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Yes it helped a little.


Thanks for the book suggestion - I've added it to the long list of "to read".
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alexiel_neesan on July 17th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
... Hah! I knew I had already read this page - this will teach me to not organize anything...

Thanks a lot a lot a lot.