Read the rest at Deadbolt.
In Vancouver, British Columbia where New Moon is almost about to wrap up production, the Haida tribe off the B.C. coast in the Queen Charlotte Islands also have their own legends of shape-shifting, which center around bears instead of wolves. Interestingly, legends about shape-shifting humans are also similar to vampire lore throughout the ages and the ability of various bloodsuckers to change and transform. Still, Stephenie Meyer conceived two lead male characters, Edward Cullen and Jacob Black, as surreal heroes while tapping into similar stories and legends of the past to create a fresh new stage to showcase their supernatural abilities.
May 15, 2009
How Native American Lore Influenced New Moon
Deadbolt has a cool article that shares some detail about the Native American lore and Quileute legends about Wolves and shape-shifting that inspired New Moon.