Native American Wedding Ceremony
For cherokee tribes who were traditionally settled in the mountainous regions of the southeast family members play this role.
Native american wedding ceremony. Death ceremonies native americans celebrated death knowing that it was an end to life on earth but believing it to be the start of life in the spirit world. Now you will feel no rain for each of you will be shelter for the other. Filled with wisdom about love and life these native american prayers poems blessings and proverbs portray the perfect messages that brides and grooms need to hear when they are getting married. Now you will feel no cold for each of you will be warmth to the other.
The bride and groom have a ceremonial washing of hands to wash away past evils and memories of past loves. Various tribes honored the dead in several ways by giving them food. Sample wedding ceremony script 7 native american wedding welcome. Then each fiancé takes a sip from one side of the wedding vase before they finally lift it together and both drink from it.
A native american vase with two handles which is filled with ritualistic water or tea. The cherokee native americans are considered one of the first ethnic groups to become us citizens who were not european. For example couples in algonquin tribes which include traditional territory from virginia to new brunswick select four elder sponsors to guide them before during and after the wedding ceremony. For instance in traditional ojibwa aka chippewa marriage ceremonies the bride and groom each hold an eagle feather in their left hand while saying their vows.
Traditional native american weddings can include one or more of several smaller ceremonies within the larger one. Water is used as a symbol of purification and cleansing. Some native american wedding ceremonies are informal while others are quite formal. Good afternoon family and friends.
Adapt these ceremonial blessings and prayers for your american indian or other cultural wedding ceremony. The museum of man reports that at navajo weddings brides may pour water on the groom s hands to represent their new union. Now you are two persons but there is only one life before you. If they are able to accomplish this procedure.
When they were not small and informal they were solemnized with feasts and merrymaking. Evening is the traditional time for the ceremony to occur. Most tribes also believed that the journey might be long so afterlife rituals were performed to ensure that the spirits would not continue to roam the earth. May happiness be your companion and.
Beautiful and full of environmental significance a native american wedding blessing is the perfect way to honor indigenous ancestry a wedding site formerly inhabited by american indian tribes or as an alternative to other types of ceremony readings. We have come here today to celebrate the wedding of and. While bridesmaids and groomsmen serve as ceremonial guardians of the betrothed in western weddings sponsors serve this role in many native american wedding ceremonies. Family remembrance the relationship between children and their parents and grandparents is one that is often understated yet very deep.
The tribes are commonly found in georgia tennessee north and south carolina and tend to speak an iroquoian language. The aztec indians populated the. Native american apache here is the blessing of the apaches used in wedding ceremonies. Now there will be no loneliness for each of you will be companion to the other.
And would like to thank mom and grand daddy for your love and support and. Traditionally done by igniting dried sage or any other flowers used for rituals this native american wedding ceremony is supposed to cleanse the couple and carry their prayers and wishes to the creator.