Stephenie Meyer's The Twilight Saga inserts many fictional myths into Quileute traditions. While Quileute origin stories feature the wolf, they do not include "cold ones" (Eclipse, 255), werewolves (Eclipse, 258), or imprinting (Eclipse, 122).
In Eclipse, Billy Black tells the Quileute legend of the Cold Ones, wherein a stone-hard vampire kills tribal members, only able to be stopped by the sharp teeth and claws of wolves, which the Quileute men, led by Taha Aki, transform into in order to defend their tribe. Billy continues to tell the story of the third wife: when Taha Aki was about to fall victim to a vampire. Avenging her lover’s death, his third wife stabbed herself to distract the blood-thirsty creature, enabling Taha Aki to defeat it. While this story serves as an intriguing literary device, “cold ones” do not exist in real Quileute stories.
Even if vampires existed, Quileute people cannot transform into wolves. The only record of wolf transformation in Quileute culture happens in the opposite: the Transformer Qwati arrived at La Push, creating the first Quileute people from a pair of nearby wolves. Thus, the Quileute do not have magical wolf genes of 24 chromosomal pairs (Breaking Dawn, 236-7), and are actually humans with 23.
In New Moon Jacob describes imprinting to Bella in order to explain the love triangle between Sam, Emily, and Leah. He remarks that all Quileute legends are true (Eclipse, 174). This unbreakable connection between a wolf and his mate is, in fact, another literary device that Stephenie Meyer falsely presents as Quileute.
In truth, traditional marriages were arranged, often strategically for family alliances to bring advantageous access to fishing and hunting locations or to special songs and dances (Powell and Jensen, 25). Arranged marriages usually included the couples’ consent, and divorces were not uncommon. Contemporary Quileute society practices the same dating and marriage customs as do other modern Western people.