(Closed) Native American Brides

posted 9 years ago in Intercultural
Post # 3
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m not a Native American bride, but I think that if you’d like your mother figure to perform the ritual, just explain it to her!  If she understands what it does, and what it means to your culture, I’m sure she would be honored and perform it respectfully.  For example, I’m non-practicing Jewish, but if one of my close friends who are Christian asked me to read a particular bible passage at her wedding, I’d be honored to do so because it would be meaningful for her.  So, she might have more of an open mind than you think!  Good luck!

Post # 5
1 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

 To have more of an affect use an Eagle feather to smudge. Remember this is Your big day and I hope that Your Mother Figure respects Your beliefs. Good Luck & Best wishes on Your wedding day Dear!!! Congrats Wink



Post # 6
2 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

If I were you, I would ask her to smudge with you.

However, smudging is very acceptable where I live in Canada. My fiance is full blood Ojibwe and I am caucasian. We are getting married in our backyard. I would like to incorporate some Ojibwe custom into our ceremony, however, real Ojibwe custom is not really to marry at all. I asked my fiance if I thought his mom would help me smudge before the wedding (as smudging here is more a cleansing of yourself rather than the location) but he seemed indifferent about it. Haven’t really asked him about it again as the wedding is still a year away.

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