NewsRock, one of Blue Corn’s bloggers, has been researching the legends mentioned in Twilight and coming to some conclusions that make THIS brown girl quite perturbed.
Quotes from the post:
So a travel book about the Pacific Northwest Indians includes a legend about a Hawaiian chief named Kaheleha. One hundred thirty-one years later, a YA book about the Pacific Northwest Indians includes a legend about a Quileute chief named Kaheleha. Coincidence? You be the judge.
Ohhhh. FLAWED RESEARCH MUCH? NewsRock goes on to point out that this blurring of cultures is one of the ways in which Native identitIES are marginalized, and treated as though one tribe is pretty much the same as another. >_< CAN’T A GIRL JUST FANTASIZE ABOUT PROBLEMATIC BROWN BODIES WITHOUT GETTING CALLED ON HER OWN RACISM???? Please! Won’t someone think of the Mary Sues???
This ish is making me think that Twilight bears a lot of similarities to Lydie Marie Child’s Hobomok, published in 1824, where a lurvely white wimminz falls in love with an imaginary Indian tribe, pieced together out of a conglomerate of OTHER tribes. This, for her is a path to her own self-growth — but for the Indians in the story IT IS THEIR DOOM, and eventually they have to pull a Galadriel and fade into the West. I make this comparison, because it seems that the Indians in Twilight fulfill much the same function. They act as a foil to the weirdness that is Bella’s relationship with Mr. Sparkles, and are a place where Bella can have SOME agency, in a story where her total lack thereof is a sign of TRUE LOVE.