|by Alfredo Rodriguez|
The Shoshone have some beautiful traditions for their weddings that I would like to share now so you don’t have to wait for my manuscript to become a book.
The ceremony is performed by the spiritual leader of the tribe. He gives them advice and rules to live by, which usually includes being chaste and true to each other. Then he might take a hair from each of their heads and tie the strands together as a symbol of their union. A family member sometimes hides this so the couple has to remain together, not being able to separate (divorce) until the hairs are unbound.
The bride and groom also said vows, often offered as poems of devotion and love. The following is one such traditional Shoshone poem:
“Fair is the white star of twilight, and the sky clearer
At the day’s end; but she is fairer, and she is dearer,
She, my heart’s friend.
Fair is the white star of twilight, and the moon roving
To the sky’s end; but she is fairer, better worth loving,
She, my heart’s friend.”
So the only thing left is to live happily ever after…right?
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