As the bride and groom take their symbolic walk, guests join hands and form a circle around them and the fire.Traditional Native American weddings can include one or more of several smaller ceremonies within the larger one: The Museum of Man reports that at Navajo weddings, brides may pour water on the groom's hands to represent their new union.Native Net notes that both the bride and groom wash their hands in order to remove old memories and past wrongdoings.
For example: Each tribe has different events and sayings that occur during the exchange of vows.
One of the processes of exchanging vows is referred to as the Rite of the Seven Steps.
The blue blankets represent the elements of the couple's individual past lives and the white blanket the couple's dedication to filling their new lives with peace and happiness.
The blanket ceremony is used in Cherokee wedding ceremonies, according to First Nation Ministry.
Because metal was not available in historic ceremonies, rings were not traditionally exchanged in Native American weddings.
However, an exchange of rings has become popular in modern times.
Some tribes traditionally participated in wedding blanket ceremonies.
In one example of this ceremony, the bride and groom are first wrapped individually in blue blankets.
In the Rite, the couple takes seven steps clockwise around a sacred fire.