That "Apache wedding blessing" isn't even Native American, so I rewrote it to be less problematic #Ceremony Advice#native american#readings Updated Jul 1 2021 (Posted Mar 1 2021) Ariel findyourafterglow Photo by Northfern from this wedding. If you're looking for wedding readings, you may have come across this one in your searches. It's often referred to as Apache wedding blessing or sometimes a Navajo wedding blessing, or Native American wedding prayer, or any number of other similar names. All of these names are inaccurate, but I'll get into that later: Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth for the other. Now there is no more loneliness. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. May your days together be good and long upon the earth. Related Post Tear-jerking (but not too romantic) family wedding readings for all your sisters and pals My older sister has given me a TON of advice throughout my life, no less so throughout the process of planning my wedding. I want... Read more While this piece of writing expresses a lovely sentiment, and you're totally allowed to love it and use it at your wedding… you do need to know this: the reading has nothing to do with Apaches or Navajo Native American culture at all. The reading is from a 1950 Jimmy Stewart movie called Broken Arrow, based on a 1947 novel called Blood Brothers. The words have no indigenous roots at all — they're a mid-20th century white dude's fantasy. This is what's known as "Fakelore." To be blunt: this reading has nothing to do with Native American culture at all, other than that it's something that a cisgender white dude imagined Native Americans might possibly say. Now, do you want to use a poem from an old Western movie in your wedding? Maybe you do, maybe you don't. If you do, that's cool! But if you don't, but you want something with a similar sentiment, lemme see what I can do. I'm just some lady in Seattle, but I'm not going to create some fakeloric myth to make this reading seem like anything more than what it is. I don't believe in pretending to be anything that I'm not, so let's just call this… One human's hope Now the raindrops will not sting your skin, for you can each be the soul umbrella the other seeks. Now the cold will not chill you, for your love can warm each other's bodies and minds. Now that very human experience of loneliness can ease, For while you are still two people, you're sharing this path of marriage as one being. May your time together be united in gratitude and grace for as long this walk may last. There. FIXED IT. 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This poem is one… Read More Related Post 21 modern poems that make swoon-worthy wedding readings Finding the right wedding readings for your ceremony can be a bear if you don't know where to look. This is especially so if you're diverting from traditional and/or religious… Read More Even more unique wedding readings here! Ariel Author of three editions of the Offbeat Bride book and From Shitshow To Afterglow, Ariel Meadow Stallings acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not writing or scrolling, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying. To follow her latest work, join join The Afterglow, for exclusive access to essays, videos, online courses, and more. PREVIOUS Rainy renaissance downpour wedding… with a prosthetic leg garter removal! 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