Southwest Navajo in Olden Times - The Marriage Ceremony Illustration

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Southwest Navajo

In olden times, as part of the Navajo wedding ceremony, a bride and groom would eat out of the same basket.

While they were eating, all their relatives would get a chance to lecture them about anything at all.

A Blessingway was performed to bless the new marriage.

After the ceremony, the groom became a member of his wife's family. When he traveled, he looked for members of his wife's family with whom to stay, not his own family.

The expression, "You're not losing a daughter, you're gaining a son," was not a Navajo expression, but it was the Navajo way.

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