Quileute Legends

The Quileute: A People of Legends

The Quileute, sometimes known as the Quillayute, are a Native American tribe located in Washington State in the USA. There are only about 750 tribal members left in existence and they live on a reservation known as La Push. The tribe also has its own language, which is currently in danger of going extinct.

Perhaps the best known modern mention of the Quileute tribe comes from Stephanie Meyer’s use of the tribe in her popular book series ‘Twilight’, where they are able to shape-shift into wolves. While the actual Quileute tribe may not have the same shape-shifting powers, the role that wolves play in the Quileute history is just as important in real life as in Stephanie Meyer’s world.

Quileute legends contain many popular characters that have been carried over into other cultures, such as the Raven, who is characterized as a trickster. One of the most important characters is Q’wati, who is both the creator and protector of the Quileute people.

Quileute Legends

Quileute Legends

According to the legend, it is Q’wati who creates the first Quileute. The story goes that, in early times, Q’wati traveled the world teaching people how they should act and giving instructions for their futures. One day on his journeys Q’wati came across a beaver, who was busy sharpening a stone knife. When he asked the beaver what he was doing, the beaver said he was planning to kill Q’wati, so Q’wati took the knife and stabbed the beaver in the tail. Q’wati then told him that he would live in the water and slap it with his tail.

When Q’wati reached Q’wayi’t'soxk’a River he didn’t see any people around, so he rubbed his hand together, rubbing dead skin into the water, and made people appear. He called these people the Queets. And when Q’wati reached the Quileute land, he, again, saw no people. The only thing he saw was two wolves, so Q’wati transformed those two wolves into people and dubbed them the Quileute people and said, “For this reason you Quileute shall be brave, for you came from wolves”.

Another very popular tale of the Quileute legends is the legend of the Thunderbird. A long time ago, the Quileute were having a difficult time. There were a lot of storms with snow, ice, hail, sleet, and rain that devastated the land and killed people, animals, and plants. The storms made it so the Quileute were unable to fish because of the rough water and they had already eaten what little flora was left after the storms had destroyed most of it. The Quileute were starting to starve and many of their numbers had already starved to death.

The Great Chief told the tribe that they would make one last appeal to the Great Spirit for help and if they were meant to survive the Great Spirit would save them, otherwise they would die bravely because the Quileute were brave people.

The Great Chief made one last prayer to the Great Spirit and then the tribe were quiet and waited in the darkness. Before long, there came a loud sound and flashes of lightening cut the dark. They heard the loud whirring of wings and a large bird flew towards them from over the sea. This bird was called Thunderbird and in its talons was a large, living whale that it deposited on the land in front of the tribe before returning back to the lightening from which it was born.

The Quileute are a people known largely for their legends and many other cultures draw off these legends or have heard of them since they are quite popular.

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  6. madalynn says:

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    • Ieshia says:

      I know right I am a vampire you know how,I got bit by something and the next day my throat was very dry and burning and I couldn’t sleep that night.When I looked in the mirrow in the bathroom I seen 2 bite marks on my neck and then I knew what it was.Ha,when I went outside I tried to run but I flew across the yard instead.I was like”OMG”then I went to hunt.IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME DON’T,BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT I AM BUT I REALLY WANTEDTO LIVE TO BE OLD.But i knew what i was because i love vampires.MAYBE YOU’RE ONE.

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      • Anonymous says:

        i am descended from a tribe and i hate vampires, i have wolf running through my veins, had some signs of being a wolf, golden eyeys, accidently got angry and had fangs, umm growld loudly, hope i am a wolf cuz i love them and ill get all u vampires.

      • lycan nightshade says:

        only like the werewolves in twilight they r much better than vampires, im a werewolf like jacob, wish he could be my boyfriend and imprint me, :p

      • quileute says:

        es ist völliger quatsch wenn man meint in vampir zu sein ….die erste regel lautet es keinem zu sagen und darum seit ihr keine !!!lassst es diesen quatsch zu posten !! ^^

  10. peter says:

    Do vampire still exist?

  11. amber13 says:

    yes. Ieshia Cullen. I am also a vampire. The same exact thing happened. it was a little wierd at 1st but then i got used to it.

  12. EdwardandIcey says:

    The thing is that Amber you didn’t get bit by Edward Cullen Like I did.

    • Amber Cullen says:

      lol yes i did

      • EdwardandIcey says:

        No Carlisle must bit you instead but Edward is my life to me and he said that I’m his life to.
        Anyways my husband will not like to but your crusty neck.

        • Amber Cullen says:

          lol no that’s my husband. we just got married a few months ago. & we had our honeymoon on esme island. it was beautiful and we had a great time. and no he told me i was his life and he would love me forever. lol you dont even know him. you have never seen him before or talked to him. me and him live together and we have kids.

          • EdwardandIcey says:

            Excuse me but we had Renesmee Carlie Cullen our baby that I had.

          • quileute says:

            renesmee ist neicht echt sie heißt ganz anders und darum wisst ihr nichts darüber !!! es tut mir leid aber ihr wisst nichts was es heißt vampir oder quileut zu sein !! außerdem ist es quatsch!!! :-( ^^^^^^

          • Anonymous says:

            ‘EDWARD CULLEN’ JUST PLAYS IN A BUNCH OF MOVIES WHICH GRANTED ARE GOOD BUT THAT DOES NOT MAKE IT REAL…

  13. Amber Cullen says:

    no i had her. she looked just like me and her gorgeous father. your ugly and would never like something like you. so dismiss yourself little girl before i tear you apart and burn you in a fire. you dont wanna fight over him because i will win. i already killed bella. shes long gone.

    • EdwardandIcey says:

      Plus you didn’t have Renesmee I did so say away from my husband.

      • Amber Cullen says:

        lol no. he is my husband. he IS NOT urs. & renesmee is my baby girl <33

        • lycan nightshade says:

          dudes why would u lot even wanna be a vampire, serously werewolves r much better, reply back to tell me why u wanna be vampires so much

    • Anonymous says:

      I wish I wa a vampira cn anyone change me my life sucks I belive its real

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  14. anonomus says:

    here is the thing amber Cullen and edwardandice Edward, bella and rnesmeeare charecters out of books and films so I highly doubt that eather of u’s are Edwards husband and had renesmee

    • Amber Cullen says:

      how are you gonna tell us what we are?!?! get off of here dude!!!! renesmee is my daughter and edward is my husband. you can stay out of it! and you can too icey because i dont know who yall are or what yall think yall are going to do about it! <3 i love edward and renesmee forever and ever and no one is going to change that!

      • EdwardandIcey says:

        I know right get off of here.And Amber you stay away from my daughter you monster and leave my husband alone!Anyhow anonomus how about you shut up and leave us to be.

        • Amber Cullen says:

          No “icey” ; YOU need to stay away from my daughter Renesmee and MY husband Edward. We don’t need you in our wonderful life! It is perfect just the way it is. Now “anonomus” you need to leave us alone because we don’t even know you and we don’t care to know you. And by the way, you didn’t spell anonymous right. Haha :D

    • Anonymous says:

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  15. Laurel Drescher says:

    I’m half and half.(half Alaskan native and White)

  16. Anonymous says:

    What the heck, you’ll are kidding.

  17. Kamryn says:

    you guys have major issues. I thinlk its retarted how you can call yourselves vampires. I know they’re interesting creatures but damn stop lying to yourself and other people.

  18. Kamryn says:

    I think its retarted how you can call yourselves vampires. you have major issues. you aint gotta lie to yourself and other people. I know they are interesting creatures but damn stop pretending.

  19. [Alex]:031456 says:

    werewolves are better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. jack says:

    I’m a vampire .. I’m in 264 of my life
    I’ll fire the world .. yeah i’ll do it next 36 years

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  22. Anonymous says:

    Why do you want to know about vampires? What’s so interesting about them?

  23. Anonymous says:

    I love VAMPIRES.But I don’t believe in there existence.

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