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Native American actor Solomon Trimble is pictured with the robe his mother made from a Pendleton blanket which he wore in the film "Twilight."

A wolf design on the robe symbolizes the Quileute wolf clan described by author Stephenie Meyer. The actor presented the "piece of movie memorabilia" to the Quileute Council.

Here he is pictured with Quileute Tribal Council Secretary Anna Rose Counsell.

 - Thanks to Jackie Jacobs at JJ Talent Group.

 
 
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Care of the Peninsula Daily News a great report of the Quileute Days Celebration where Solomon was honoured as a special guest:

"Quileute Days' 'Twilight' guest helps to set record attendance

LaPUSH -- Tired, hungry and little jet-lagged, Solomon Trimble signed every last autograph and posed for dozens of pictures with "Twilight" fans wearing a Hollywood smile.

The 25-year-old actor who played Sam Uley in the movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's first novel of Forks-based fictional series, said he was "honored" and "deeply moved" to be a special guest at Quileute Days on Saturday.

And his appearance for star-struck and admiring fans gave the annual Quileute Days its best-ever attendance.


"It's been a dream of mine to participate in a celebration like this," said Trimble, after dancing with tribal members in a transformational dance at the A-Ka-Lat center in LaPush.

"What an honor it is to be here. I'm all choked up."

In "Twilight," Trimble plays a young Quileute man who gives heroine Bella Swan her first indication that something is amiss with her vampire love.

His turning-point line: "The Cullens don't come here."

Quileute culture

Trimble on Saturday acknowledged that the Quileute didn't have enough input on the film adaptation of the LaPush-based tribe.


By coming to Quileute Days, Trimble -- who is Mescalero Apache and Lakota Native American -- who is said he was able to experience part of the Quileute culture.

He joined a group of 45 dancers and singers from the Quileute, Quinault and North Star tribes in a 2 ½-hour cultural arts program.

He wore black shorts with a red and white cape gown, and carried a decorative wolf headpiece in the ceremonial dance.

'Into our home'

"We are honored to have you into our home," said Sonny Woodruff, who organized the dance with tribal vice chairwoman Bonita Cleveland.

After the dance, Trimble gave Cleveland a robe he received from his mother.

"My mom said you have to give it back to me in 50 years when you're done with it," Trimble said.

"I did not expect anything like that," Cleveland said of Trimble's gift. "I feel very honored."

As part of the Quileute's tradition of returning a gift with another gift, Cleveland gave Trimble a robe depicting an eagle and a whale.

Largest turnout

A combination of the movie star's appearance, and some quick planning by Jackie Jacobs and Justin Finkbonner of the Lummi tribe, contributed to the largest turnout at Quileute Days that tribal chairwoman Carol Hatch has seen since 1985, when the tribe rallied to keep the 100-year-old event running.

Hatch paused to estimate how many people attended Saturday's events, which included a parade.

"I'd say about 2,000," Hatch said, adding that the popularity of Twilight books and moviebrings "a whole new crowd" to LaPush

Guests paid $25 a head to attend the ceremonial dance.

Autographed photos of Trimble were selling fast at $5 apiece. Visitors could also have their picture taken with the actor for $10.

Proceeds from the event are going back to the tribe to support next year's Quileute Days, Hatch said.

College testing

Trimble flew in from Atlanta on Friday after taking a test in pursuit of his master's degree.

He already holds a math degree with a minor in philosophy.

He was scheduled to leave today.

The long-haired actor said he wants to become a epidemiologist to help stop the spread of disease in tribal nations.

He proudly admits that he lives his life "110 percent drug- and alcohol-free."

"I attribute my success to that," said Trimble, after signing about 100 autographs and taking scores of photos with "Twilight" fans.

Since he's "always sober," Trimble said he has the time to pursue his education while still being an actor.

He agreed to attend Quileute Days before he found out he would not have a role in the next movie of the series, "New Moon," which will be released in the fall.

Quileute Days is an annual three-day event with numerous activities in LaPush.

It ends today with softball tournament, canoe races and bingo on the schedule."

Via my favourite TwiCrack Addict ;)

 
 
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The Peninsula Daily News featured an article about Solomon's attendance at the Quileute Days celebration in July.

They point out the interesting fact that Sol "will be the first actor from the movie... to visit the North Olympic Peninsula in a 'Twilight' capacity.

'We wanted to share this [Quileute Days] experience with Twilight fans.'

Trimble has been a traditional Native American Grass Dancer since age 3... He served as a cultural consultant for a few films by Oregon Public Broadcasting in association with PBS, Jacobs said.
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"He has always shown us much respect in interviews about his role in ‘Twilight’ and his desire to keep authenticity to the role.

'He has a huge fan base, and we are a part of that fan collective. It is going to be a real treat to have him join us.'

Dozens of message boards by fans proclaiming 'Team Solomon Trimble' supported his casting in the first movie, and a couple of e-mail petitions circulated when he was not recast for 'New Moon,' the sequel due to be released this fall.
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...Um, sorry - did we just get a shout out?!  Why, yes - I'll think you'll find we did - AWESOME!

 
 
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The Quileute Nation have announced that Sol will special guest for their annual Quileute Days celebration!

"TWILIGHT actor, Solomon Trimble, who portrayed Sam Uley in Stephanie Meyer’s mega- hit, will be the special guest of The Quileute Nation of La Push, WA during their annual Quileute Days celebration July 17-19 2009. 

Solomon Trimble (Mescalero Apache, Lakota) has been a traditional Native American Grass Dancer since the age of 3.  Twilight was his cinematic debut.

He served as a cultural consultant for a few films by Oregon Public Broadcasting in association with PBS.

Stephanie Meyer’s comments about Solomon:

"It was pretty amazing. I looked up and did a double take. "Aren't you…Sam?" I asked. Solomon laughed and agreed that he was. He had a couple of technical werewolf questions for me (ex. "Can werewolves phase underwater?" Answer: Yes) and I tried to control my enthusing. Solomon was super friendly and interesting, and though he looks awesome on film, he's even more incredible in person. His features are just so stunning!"

Twilight (and Solomon!) fans are encouraged to attend and enjoy a photo op with Solomon Trimble on First Beach ... and then email in your pics to make us all jealous here ;)

 The Quileute Tribe extends a cordial welcome to all to join them for their celebration of cultural heritage and modern lifestyle.  Guests will enjoy a traditional Salmon bake, Quileute arts and crafts, dancing and songs, adult and youth softball tournaments, parade and a fireworks display. 

All inquiries regarding this release and/or the Quileute Nation may be directed to Jackie Jacobs at jj@jtalentgroup.com or 206-.... www.quileutenation.org"
 
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