Lair of the Red Lizard: Discoveries in Quileute Art
/ Curator of Native American Art
In 2010, the Seattle Art Museum quickly organized an exhibition about the Quileute tribe, their art and culture, in the wake of uninvited attention given their small community of La Push. Portrayed as “werewolves” in the popular Twilight series, the Quileute people fought to defend their culture and the misinterpretations of it in the media. Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of the Quileute Wolves, focused on their art and oral traditions, as a sovereign people descended from supernatural wolves at the beginning of time. Research among the Quileute and in museums across the country revealed new dimensions of their artistic heritage. This presentation looks at discoveries in the field of Quileute art that have come to light since the exhibition, and demonstrates how artifacts take on new meanings when they leave their original settings and circulate in different arenas.
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Image: Basket, 2010, Viola Riebe, cedar bark, raffia, 11 1/2 × 10 × 6 in., Native American Art Support Fund, 2013.5, ©? Artist or Artist's Estate.