Helsinki, Southern Finland
Welcome to the visitor from Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
To one of our postings about our wedding ceremony
Native American Wedding Ceremony (Traditional)
Mind you, my friend, nothing done in our culture
with our Tobacco
is for pay.
while it is not mandatory
it is a good act of kindness to the Spiritual Leader.
A good Traditional Spiritual leader uses a lot of tobacco
charges you nothing for the service.
So yes because a good traditional Spiritual leader is always in need of the herbs (Kinnick~ Kinnick).
Remember that our tobacco is a group of herbs,
picked by one or more of our clan mothers, handed to a Spiritual leader and blessed by our Creator (Kiehtan)
If you wish to honor this Spiritual Leader with this gift.
The correct way to gift an American Native is from your left hand to their left hand.
If the gift is words, then from your mouth with your left hand to the left shoulder of that person, which you should know is the closest to the heart.
If the gift is too big, then your left hand to your heart, straight out pointing at the gift or gifts.
It is very easy to spot a real Traditional Native American.
They are the ones constantly giving something away.
If you choose to gift a true American Native, and you do not want that person giving it away, do not give it to them.
As a young native a wise old native told me , ” Once you give something to me, it is mine, you cannot tell me what to do with it”.
“Once I give something to you it is yours, never ask if I want it back, now you go do the same”.
If at any time an American Native is thought to have a religion, this would be it.
We believe that everything on Mother Earth is a free gift from Creator to all creatures, so if it is a free gift from Creator to all creatures, then it was predestined to be given away.
If Creator wishes you to have it, then it will be coming back.