did any of the actors support the Quileute tribe actively?
Julia Jones (Leah Clearwater), Chaske Spencer (Sam Uley), and Tinsel Korey (Emily Young) spoke publicly to rally support for the S636 (Quileute Tsunami Protection Legislation) as mentioned in this interview with the tribal chairwoman below:
not sure if the rest of the wolf pack cast ever spoke PUBLICLY on anything about the Quileute tribe during their time involved in Twilight, but I’m sure they all did support and respect the real tribe personally. Tinsel still visits La Push from time to time as well, and Tyson Houseman (Quil Ateara) did an article with VICE and mentions his experience working on Twilight and his thoughts on the controversy of it.
In school I was taught the names Columbus, Cortez, and Pizzarro and A dozen other filthy murderers. A bloodline all the way to General Miles, Daniel Boone and General Eisenhower.
No one mentioned the names Of even a few of the victims. But don’t you remember Chaske, whose spine Was crushed so quickly by Mr. Pizzaro’s boot? What words did he cry into the dust?
What was the familiar name Of that young girl who danced so gracefully That everyone in the village sang with her– Before Cortez’ sword hacked off her arms As she protested the burning of her sweetheart?
That young man’s name was Many Deeds, And he had been a leader of a band of fighters Called the Redstick Hummingbirds, who slowed The march of Cortez’ army with only a few Spears and stones which now lay still In the mountains and remember.
Greenrock Woman was the name Of that old lady who walked right up And spat in Columbus’ face. We must remember that, and remember Laughing Otter the Taino who tried to stop Columbus and who was taken away as a slave. We never saw him again.
In school I learned of heroic discoveries Made by liars and crooks. The courage Of millions of sweet and true people Was not commemorated.
Let us then declare a holiday For ourselves, and make a parade that begins With Columbus’ victims and continues Even to our grandchildren who will be named in their honor.
Because isn’t it true that even the summer Grass here in this land whispers those names, And every creek has accepted the responsibility Of singing those names? And nothing can stop The wind from howling those names around The corners of the school.
Why else would the birds sing So much sweeter here than in other lands?
– Columbus Day, by Jimmie Durham (Cherokee) (West End Press, 1983)