A ‘Twilight’ Op-Ed & a ‘Twilight’ College Class


* An interesting Op-Ed in the New York Times today about how the Quileute Nation has benefited very little (if at all) from the Twilight phenomenon, despite the massive use of their tribal identity:

The Quileute are likewise eager to share their tribal culture, even if the interest in it was created primarily by Hollywood. The Quileute welcome outsiders, as my own interactions with them have confirmed. When hordes of “Twilight” fans showed up in La Push in 2008, the tribe, as a sovereign Indian nation, could have closed its reservation, but tribal members chose not to do so.

At the same time, like indigenous peoples around the globe, the Quileute want to be meaningful participants in the treatment of their own cultural property. This means, first and foremost, having their sovereignty and their culture respected by outsiders. The Quileute’s Web site tells visitors about the tribal laws that govern Quileute territory. One of these laws specifies that burial grounds and religious ceremonies are “sacred and not to be entered.” Had MSN acknowledged the tribe as a sovereign government, it might not have broken that rule. The Quileute believe that respect for Indian tribal sovereignty could likewise bridge cultural gaps between other Indian communities and outsiders.

Read more here.

* And here’s something right up our alley — a class at Cambridge University is now studying Twilight:

According to the BBC, the Twilight series’ heavy impact upon this generation’s youth (as well as that of other series such as Harry Potter and other industries like video games, comic books, and more) is a useful study tool for understanding children.

“Academics argue that books, films and other media, reach children in a way that their teachers and parents cannot.”

The series is thusly to be incorporated into a new set of curriculum for Cambridge University’s Faculty of Education.

Says the BBC, “The faculty’s current teaching programme covers material including ABC books, folk and fairytales, as well as classics like Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.”

Read more at the Twilight Examiner.

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