Author Stephenie Meyer forever altered the cultural existence of Quileute Indians when she wrote them into her
Twilightnovels. Now a veritable global phenomenon complete with books, movies, and affiliated merchandise, the Twilightseries depicts young, male members of the tribe as vampire-fighting werewolves who ferociously defend a peace and territorial treaty made with local bloodsuckers. In reality, the Quileute Tribe consists of approximately 700 Indians, many of whom live on a remote reservation in the pacific Northwest, a tiny parcel of the once vast Quileute territory. Since Twilight's unprecedented international success, the Quileute have been overwhelmed with fans and entrepreneurs, all grasping, quite literally in some cases, for their own piece of the Quileute.