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Quil Ateara III
Biographical information

Early 1940s; La Push, Washington


Old Quil

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Quileute council member


The Quileute tribe

Quil Ateara III, also known as "Old Quil", is the son of Quil Ateara II, one of the three original wolves who made a treaty with the Cullens, the grandson of Quil Ateara I, the husband of Molly Swan, the father of Quil Ateara IV, the grandfather of Quil Ateara V, the uncle of Sarah Black, and the great-uncle of Rachel Black, Rebecca Black and Jacob Black. He is a member of the of the Quileute tribal council and a resident of La Push.



Quil is one of the only living members of the Quileute tribe that was alive during the time of the previous pack. After Sam returned to the tribe, Quil read correctly the high temperature and his growth spurt as signs of his phasing. He explained to Sam what had happened to him and taught him everything that had been passed down through the generations about becoming a werewolf. He along with Billy Black and Harry Clearwater saw their fathers and grandfathers (respectively) change into wolf forms. Whether the three of them are shapeshifters who never had the occasion to transform or simply human is open to debate, but their position in their respective family trees is a strong indication in favor of the first hypothesis.

He owns a boat which Billy borrows to take Charlie Swan fishing during the wolves' and the Cullens' fight with Victoria's newborn army in Eclipse.[1]

After the passing of his son Quil IV, he spent the next decade raising and caring for his grandson Quil V with daughter-in-law Joy Ateara.


Eclipse featured a campfire scene in which Bella, Jacob, the pack and a few other Quileute residents sat down to hear Quil Ateara Sr. tell some of the Quileute legends about Kaheleha. This was his only appearance in the books other than being mentioned by Jacob Black various times. He is also at the same meeting in the film, but it is Billy who tells the story.

Physical appearance

He is described as white-haired, brittle and ancient, with a thin tenor voice.



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