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My fiance and I both have strong Native American lineage. He is 1/2 Sioux and I have Cherokee on both my mother and father's side (my great-great-great grandmother on my paternal grandmother's side was the daughter of a chief). I've always felt that I didn't know enough about Native American traditions and I really do not want that history to be forgotten in my family. I hope to teach my children to appreciate their backgrounds a little bit more than my family did for me. So, I would really like to somehow incorporate a Native American tradition into our wedding and/or reception.
One tradition that I love is the wedding vase:
"A wedding vase is traditionally used by Native American couples in the Southwest but it is being used increasingly by couples everywhere drawn to the culture's spirituality and reverence for nature, the earth, and the environment.
During the ceremony each person drinks from a spout to symbolize both individuality and unity. It is important to know that these vases are made to hold liquid for a very short period of time. The vase should be emptied and dried promptly after the ceremony and should never be used as a vessel for liquid which will destroy the vase."
I've also found a Native American blessing that's to be read in place of vows, but I don't know if it has any actual historical ties. I have, however, found the Rite of Seven Steps which is where the bride and groom take seven steps clockwise and recite a vow with each step. There is also what is called a "Basket Ceremony" where the bride and groom exchange baskets of goods (usually food) and then the baskets are tied together.
I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to find someone who would be willing to perform the Rite of Seven Steps in place of a courthouse ceremony. I actually found a place in AZ that does Native American elopement packages. That would PERFECT.
What traditions are you bringing in to your wedding?