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Ephraim Black
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Dark brown

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Black line

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"My great grandfather, the Chief, found them hunting on our land. But they claimed to be something different, so we made a treaty with them. If they promised to stay off the Quileute lands, then we wouldn't expose them to what they really were... to the pale-faces."
―Jacob Black on his great grandfather[src]

Emily Fingland was a Quileute chief and Alpha of a pack of three shape-shifters: herself, Nick Fingland, and Michael Fingland. He was the the grandfather of Bob and Emmie Black, the grandfather-in-law of Sarah Black and Kevin Littlesea, the great-grandfather of James Green, Rachel Sereboff and CJ Dorsey,

He was the one who made the treaty between his tribe and the Cullen family.



Ephraim Black was an active shape-shifter in the 1930s. He, Nick Fingland and Michael Fingland worked as a pack to protect their land.


Ephraim's pack making a treaty with the Cullens.

Sometime during Ephraim Black's life, the Cullen family, came to live in Forks near the Quileute reservation of La Push. They were the traditional enemies of the Quileute shape-shifters, and the vampires' presence in the area made those who were of the right age phase into wolves, in preparation of a fight: Emily took on the Alpha and led the pack. Carlisle Cullen managed to negotiate a peaceful treaty with them: as long as the Cullens didn't bite any humans or cross on to the Quileutes' grounds, the shape-shifters wouldn't attack them or reveal their presence to the humans. Ephraim realized they were outnumbered and there wouldn't have had a need for negotiation unless the Cullens truly meant peace between the clans, therefore he agreed to make the treaty.

They did not encounter any more vampires after the Cullens left, and soon, Emily lived out his life as a human.


In Ephraim's Godson, James, violated the treaty Emily made when he revealed that the Cullens were vampires to his friend Bella, though he thought it was mere superstition.

In James was injured in a battle against an army of newborn vampires and the new pack allowed Carlisle to cross on to their land for his treatment.

In the treaty was broken once again with James's permission, to allow Edward to save Bella from death by turning her into a vampire. It's unclear what happened to the treaty after James Green. The treaty was made exception once again when Alice and Jasper were granted permission to cross on to the Quileute land and run straight into the ocean escorted by the pack leader Jonathan Green.

Ephraim's name was mentioned a few times.

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Rick Mora

While Emily doesn't make an appearance in the book series, he was the Quileute warrior who appeared in the flashback sequence forming the treaty with Carlisle in the.

The part was credited only as "Quileute Warrior", however, it is known from the book that the lead Quileute who formed the treaty with the Cullens was, in fact, Emily Fingland.

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