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Apotamkin or rather, The Cold One

I’m sure we all clearly remember the scene in Twilight when Bella is beginning to get suspicious that there’s something “special” about Edward and goes home to furiously type things into Google. The camera views of what she pulls up are succinct, yet clear enough to give us the understanding that Bella has come across some Quielette legends stating something about “The Cold One” and how this cold one is a vampire. But,what is The Cold One? Is there actually a vampire known as this?

Well, the closest thing to any vampire legend that would bear any similarity to the legend of The Cold One would be the Apotamkin. This creature is unlike most other vampire folklore because it’s exclusive to the Native American people. The Apotamkin was a bona fide vampire however, with all the abilities and super strengths of other vampires that we know. It was believed among Native Americans that the Apotamkin would feast on the blood of any animal or human. And it got its name just the way you would expect – Apotamkins were very cold to the touch, mostly because they were dead bodies.

However, it’s been said that the Native American never really believed in the Apotamkin and that it was a cautionary tale told to children. This was used especially when warning children about wandering off by themselves with no supervision.

And, as for Twilight, Stephenie Meyer has said that in regards to her version and her version alone, she had no similarities in mind when writing the book. She simply needed to create random bits of Edward’s character and piece them together, cryptically, with mythical vampire folklore. Clever, though, how perhaps even without knowing it, Meyer has combined her own imagination of the Quileutte legend, with actual Native American vampire folklore!

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kate • March 2, 2010


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  1. jules March 11, 2010 - 7:59 am

    I THINK THE APOTAMKIN OR THE COLD ONE IS VERY INTERESTING I THINK ALL VAMPIRES ARE VERY INTERESTING THEY ARE STRONG FAST AND HAVE TO SURVIVE JUST LIKE US AND HAVE NEAT WHIE SKIN

    • morgan May 7, 2010 - 6:04 pm

      well i really do think vampires are real. i’v belived vampires were real sence i was 5. they are very interesting indeeeeeeeed….i’v always wanted to be one BUT 1) it would very much suck to watch everone you love die and you’d have to keep moving or people would get suspicious. 2) there are also the faced that there are vampire slayers out there who are dieing to get there hands on a vampire. 3)it clearly states that you CAN NOT change a child in any book, move, legend, tv show any were! but im 14 so i guess that i would count more of a teen then a child…hmm…i dont know but what i do know is that the most likely place any one would want to look for vampires or any ghosts or anything like that is to go to New Orlands and Iowa and Detrote and New Albany IN. im dun. bye people.

    • Audrey Bella June 1, 2010 - 7:40 am

      i wanna be a vampire. i like to be fast,strong,immortal,and i even like to drink blood… haha:))D

      • kiley June 2, 2010 - 3:12 pm

        where do vampire’s live

        • kiley June 2, 2010 - 3:15 pm

          are the rael

          • cloe June 13, 2010 - 3:28 pm

            i wishh .. i really wanna be onne

          • Kate June 24, 2010 - 5:01 pm

            Where do you live,I can turn you into a vampire.

        • prabhjot June 6, 2010 - 1:05 am

          you can find vampires in jungles forest and in bushes

          • Layla June 26, 2010 - 1:14 pm

            Really?
            Is it really that easy to find vampires?
            Are really vampires what people say they are or are they something ells?
            I find it intressting becouse people don’t have evidence but still are talking about vampires.
            How did the tale about vampires start?
            It must have some kind of source.

          • Rio June 29, 2010 - 1:09 pm

            I think atmospheric forests on a wet day

        • ann mason June 7, 2010 - 12:20 pm

          woods,forests,jungles too!!!!!!!!!!!

        • lawren June 16, 2010 - 2:17 pm

          if vampires live in a forest the con live in a open house its propbably the one place they dont hide

          • shannon davis June 30, 2010 - 9:18 am

            hello i think the same because i know thay do realy egzist because i have seen it and i know the truth about the cold one its a true story and i whant every one to belive that because im not lying i have seen it befor on the night when i was in the woods arouned where i live …

          • carla sanchez February 18, 2011 - 6:21 am

            vampires is a strong person they are fast and strong,.

        • Alejandra June 20, 2010 - 3:56 pm

          we live in very rainy places and we shine when the sun comes out.

        • Kate June 24, 2010 - 4:51 pm

          They live in forests and rainy areas. I know this for a fact because I am a vampire and if you dont believe me then reply.Reply if you do or dont… human!

          • cold one June 25, 2010 - 4:44 pm

            you are a COLD ONE too? prove it to me! or are you afriad like a wolf?

          • Orsika June 29, 2010 - 6:09 am

            Szija…ez igaz??Tényleg vámpír vagy???
            kérlek írj ha igazat mondtál…szeretnék kérdezni pár dolgot.

          • onegirl June 30, 2010 - 3:05 pm

            do you realy ?! xD

          • Victoria July 1, 2010 - 10:34 am

            hey, kate..
            here i live in medan,indonesia
            can u come to my place then turn me into a vampirre..?

          • dream July 2, 2010 - 2:46 pm

            hmmm so kate r u really a vampire??i cannot believe u……………….i wish dey cud exist bt …i think they dont??coz i really wana b 1 of dem

      • Giani June 3, 2010 - 7:57 pm

        Me 2 i just love twilight 2 bad vampires aren’t real. cause i really wanna be 1!

      • M.M.M August 15, 2010 - 6:43 am

        uh huh…

  2. morgan March 14, 2010 - 7:50 pm

    Well i dont think vampires are real although they sparkle in the sunlight also if they are in front of a crowd in the sunlight they will be extinct forever

    • grey geisel March 28, 2010 - 12:59 pm

      no they want ass

      • katelyn April 18, 2010 - 4:57 pm

        no one can know for sure…there are lots of books..with lots of points

        • Ddb June 3, 2010 - 1:03 pm

          Well..vampires are real i believe, but not the meaning of the word. cannibals are also real, and so are they. but it is stupid to say they are immortal, and they have extra-ordinary powers, and they sparkle in sunlight,and the skin is pale white and ice cold.

          it is all good in movies, and for a good time pass,but cant be for real.the only part which is true is that blood suckers exist.

  3. nishita March 21, 2010 - 2:26 am

    I REALLY HOPE THAT DER REALLY R VAMPIRES I LOVE THE WAY THEY CARRY THEMSELVES SO GRACEFUL.I LOVE EDWARD CULLEN N I WANT ONE

  4. naduni March 24, 2010 - 2:35 am

    yess i also like someone like edward,his love is cool!Cullens r great bt dont wanna be a vampire.hhhhaaa

    • 0Azure0 April 4, 2010 - 9:12 pm

      um,Immortal is terrible

  5. natalia March 25, 2010 - 6:35 pm

    Yes this site, is a much good. Perfect, good.

  6. Nastiya March 26, 2010 - 3:50 am

    I like Edwartd,he is beautiful!!!He in film very beautiful!!!I study Italian or englend!!!

  7. alwas March 27, 2010 - 9:27 pm

    this makes sense me and me frnd hav bin goin thru sites lyk crazy tryin ta find sumthin lyk in twilight ……were actualy watch da movie rite now hahaha

  8. Mary Pool March 31, 2010 - 6:18 pm

    I liked the website and Im fasinated with Vampires. I love Twilight

  9. COLLISSA April 1, 2010 - 9:26 pm

    WHY CANT WE SAERCH THE WEB 4 IT BUT BELLA CAN

    • Emily adams April 27, 2010 - 6:15 pm

      idk i tryied it to.

  10. ezgi April 4, 2010 - 7:35 am

    the twilight saga is the best … I like it so muchhh!!!!
    everybody likes it(in turkey too…)

    • aiven April 5, 2010 - 9:04 am

      hehheh yupp luv twitjlight movies

  11. aiven April 5, 2010 - 9:03 am

    i u belive u are luv im avampire they are real

  12. annie April 9, 2010 - 6:34 am

    i cant believe that im saying this but i do believe vampires exsist
    and i m a TWILIGHT FREAK

    • Emily adams April 27, 2010 - 6:17 pm

      HAHA me to.

    • beebee August 14, 2010 - 12:35 pm

      i also believe that vampires exist because of twilight&vampire diaries & im a twilight addict

  13. Moonlight April 9, 2010 - 11:47 am

    I just re-watched Twilight with my roommate and saw the part about this vampire and instantly thought “man, I need to look that up!” Lol, you saved me research time, awesome post! :)

    • kate April 9, 2010 - 3:26 pm

      Glad I could help Moonlight! And thanks!

  14. Saptarshi Ghosal April 11, 2010 - 8:20 am

    Its amazing about these creepy vampires especially when I saw Twilight! But the cold ones are still in mystery! It can be revealed only if we can see it with naked eye…

  15. Jane Lunar April 11, 2010 - 4:00 pm

    I have this Apotamkin thing as my homework and yeh I told my teacher everything apotamkin says is all about twilight…so yeh he accepted the excuse…I love twilight anyways

  16. chelsea April 16, 2010 - 10:32 am

    Wow an so in to darck evil things like that vampiers werewolfs and other thing like that.even when i was a a chid growing up now am goth i love every thing about vampiers .

  17. sonali April 18, 2010 - 9:59 am

    i think th apotamkin r th cold one is vry interesting. i think all vampires r vry strong, fast and to survive like us. th best thing thy hav neat white skin. i don`t thing vampires sparkle in sunlight. i really hope th there r vampires i love th way they carry themselves so gracefully. i love EDWARD CULLEN(ROBERT PATTINSON) yess, i also like someone like edward, his love is col!!! cullens r gr8t bt don`t wanna to be vampires, hahahahahaha!!!!
    I LOVE TWILIGHT <3<3<3<3<3<3

  18. una sanctus vernula April 18, 2010 - 4:49 pm

    vampires actually intrigue me. i think they are fascinating and if they are real, i hope they unveil themselves within my life time. i would gladly become a vampire if they were the good type, not the evil ones. if your wondering about the name by the way, its latin.

  19. Laura April 18, 2010 - 6:46 pm

    I think that vampires are real, and they are like Stephanie Meyer said.By the way, she is an awesome writer and should do a kids series of vampire books because kids like them as much as teenagers do.

  20. Ana Rita April 29, 2010 - 9:32 am

    Eu amo o filme crepúsculo,lua nova e tenho o quarto livro o ¨AMANHECER¨ só falta eu ter o terceiro livro(¨ECLIPSE¨)ou esperar estrear o filme para mim assistir.BJS

  21. leticia April 30, 2010 - 5:07 pm

    I love the movie twilight,new moon… every think . I love the actors of this film and I …need to talk of this peoples one day but I love robert pattinson , taylor lautner (is my dream)and kristen stwart!!! bye

  22. tawni heart May 1, 2010 - 4:31 am

    ew your a wierdo ha ha ha the cold one does exist cuz im a vampire ill prove it so start runnung ! im rich ive got 500,000$ all to me ha ha !

    • ann mason June 7, 2010 - 12:27 pm

      DO NOT TALK TO ANEONE LIKE THAT!!!!!!!!!! DO YOU UDREWN STAND!!!!

    • dylan August 6, 2010 - 2:34 am

      helo

  23. tia May 2, 2010 - 10:15 am

    I THINKTHAT VAMPS R TRUE IDC IF PPL DISAGREE

  24. Zakiyah Ridwan Bachmid May 4, 2010 - 3:52 am

    I LOVE EDWARD SO MUCH :D
    LOVE LOVE LOVE
    AND I HATE JACOB SO MUCH !

  25. Charity May 8, 2010 - 3:08 pm

    Vampires must be real.. somhow.I write this as a chritian but they just might be real…. im not sure how

  26. Kaouthar May 9, 2010 - 12:06 pm

    Bonjoure j’aime vraiment le filme Twalight mais comme je n’ai que 10ans je ne pourrais jamais vous parler j’aimerais tellement vous parle vous rencontrai de toute façon j’habite en france a montpellier ce qui m’etonne que je pourrais vous parlais je vous aime bella et le vempire je ne sais pas comment il s’appelle mais je vous aime.

  27. safi May 10, 2010 - 8:28 am

    vampira must real

  28. jenni May 14, 2010 - 10:05 pm

    TWILIGHT I SAWSOME AND MISTERIES

  29. jenni May 14, 2010 - 10:06 pm

    I MEAN AWSOME

  30. nalishabentick May 15, 2010 - 7:02 am

    i love robert pattinson,taylor launter and kriston stwart.the movie was great but vampires r not for real.

  31. Gabby May 16, 2010 - 7:14 pm

    I do believe in Vampires. Because how did Edward push the car away.

  32. Denally May 16, 2010 - 7:37 pm

    I do believe in VAMPIRES, how does Edward glitter In the sunlight?

  33. Bobbie(abby)i want the name bobbie May 18, 2010 - 8:19 pm

    i love vampires. i totally believe in them. ive always wanted to be one it would be so cool.but i dont like killing people and i am a total animal luver so i dont want to eat them.i would never drink animal blood.only human. but i would wait until a human died wait 1 min and drink their blood before it leaves their body.oh yeah if ur wondering about the name its abby gaertner but i want the name bobbie sooooooooooooooooooooo bad. i LOVE jacob and edward theyre sssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeexxxxxxxxxxxxxyyyyyyyyyyyyyy but jacob is way more.love bobbie(abby)love u jacoba.

  34. bella May 22, 2010 - 2:34 pm

    i dnt believe in vampires and i dnt wana believe in vampires cx it’l make me so jelos dat der r so prfct creturs out der..n m in luv wid edward cullen neway..i wish i lso get one vampire lyk him..hes so carin n luvin……..i jst luv him..i wnt him.

  35. bella May 22, 2010 - 2:36 pm

    n hw cn sm1 b so gorges………..n m jelos of bella swan lso…n my bad luck z dat my nme z lso bella!!..huh..!!

    • ann mason June 7, 2010 - 12:30 pm

      HI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. JESSICA:D May 23, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    SERIRRUSLY DANGRR MA THEY R SO STUPID STEPHINIE IS THE ONE WHOB ROTE THE WHOLE STROY ANY WAY

  37. JESSICA:D May 23, 2010 - 12:55 pm

    K IF U THINK THat everyone is over there head wit twilight cuz therre all stupid cuz people always do that and well if they goto peoples house likke that then y dont they come to mine and i bett the people plathinxn it and every one is acting stupid about it so yeah thix for listing cuz thinx

  38. SWASTIKA May 24, 2010 - 4:03 pm

    the movie twilight was a fabulous one as it was very romantic.

  39. vampire freak #1 May 26, 2010 - 7:46 pm

    i love vampires and twilight i have read the books millions of times !!!!!!!!!! :-)

  40. kiki May 28, 2010 - 11:54 pm

    Vampires! In my impression is very good, handsome man, woman beautiful! In Twilight, I saw the man and the love story between a vampire, although many still experienced a perfect ending!

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  42. arinell June 1, 2010 - 2:10 am

    mm thou i don believe as much in vampires..
    bt yea hope dey xisted only da gud ones like cullens….
    *who call dem veg \m/*

    itz so kewl….
    well stephennie has decribed vampires the best way she cud n i love hr fr that….
    wish dese stories wer true n i were part of it to get edward my side =)
    no hard feeling fr dear jacob bt my reason is being a vampire will be much more kewl…
    i really admire their super-naturl power as decribed by stephannie..
    n i do love da movie… ;)

  43. aeron mick June 1, 2010 - 4:03 am

    i do believe vampires.i hope meyer will continue to write twilight series after the twilight-breaking dawn

  44. sophie tomlinson June 1, 2010 - 9:27 am

    i believe in vampires i hope meyer will keep making twilight movies even after twilight breaking dawn. im a massive fan of TWILIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. aliana June 4, 2010 - 7:32 am

    this is so freakyy!1!!

  46. frinezita June 4, 2010 - 12:57 pm

    helloo is beautiful desone paige

  47. RockXcool June 4, 2010 - 3:29 pm

    i like vampires i dont like killing people or eating them.. & i wanted to go to the site that the twilight girl went to so can someone tell me plz where it is.

    • beebee August 14, 2010 - 12:48 pm

      yeah absolutely right !!!

  48. lely June 6, 2010 - 12:54 pm

    i like all the vampires in twilight saga new moon I CAN’T WAIT TILL ECLIPSE

  49. lely June 6, 2010 - 12:58 pm

    YA are vampires real i like EDWARD CULLEN which is ROBERT PATTINSON

  50. lely June 6, 2010 - 1:03 pm

    I WANT MORE AFTER BREAKING DAWN I WANT TO SEE RENESMEE CULLEN GROW TOO……. and shes prettier then ROSALIE HALE VERY VERY PRETTIER

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