Mission Wolf brings wolves to LaPush

Chris Cook - Forks Forum photo

Quileute Tribal School students Wally Hatch Jr. and Boo, drummed in by Bryson King and Rio Jaime, scurry across the varnished gym floor of the A-Ka-Lat Center at LaPush on all fours, garbed in black capes and wearing traditional carved wooden Quileute wolf masks.

A handler from Mission Wolf of Colorado eases Abraham, a light-colored wolf-dog within about 10 yards of the wolf-masked students. Here Abraham howls in response to the drumming and seeing a new type of wolf for him.

Mission Wolf founder Ken Weber led an encounter between two-wolves and Abraham with a circle of Quileute Tribal School students on Thursday afternoon, May 12. Weber said this was the first time in his 22 years working with wolves that he’d seen a wolf exposed to a wolf-masked person.
Zeab, a one-year-old black-colored wolf, was one of the wolves who was led on a soft leash  Zeab is a nephew of the lead wolf used in filming author Stephenie Meyer's Twilight movies. In the movies, fictional Quileute youth join in a wolf pack and have the power to transform into wolves. In the Quileute tradition, the coastal tribe is descended from wolves who lived along the coast at LaPush and were transformed into human beings.

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