Thanks to the generous folks at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, we have an amazing opportunity to give away a one-of-a-kind wedding vase, made by one of our very own, local artists! From Laguna, New Mexico, Miriam Davis-Victorino has been creating pottery for over 34 years. Davis is self-taught and loves the entire creative process that goes into creating one of these stunning pieces!
Although, we don’t have a photo of the exact vase we are giving away, the following demonstrates the beauty and intricacy of this beautiful wedding vase. Moreover, no two vases are alike. In fact, great care is taken to ensure every vase is unique, each with its own certificate of authenticity. These vases are treated with great care because of the significant role they play in their traditional wedding ceremonies.
To get an idea of the major role these vases play in uniting the two families of the bride and groom, here is a brief description of this ancient tradition brought to you by the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center:
A Wedding Vase is usually made a week or two before a couple is married. The future husband’s parents are responsible for providing the Wedding Vase. When the vase is completed, the husband, along with his parents and all his relatives then go to the bride’s house. The bride brings out everything she will need to establish their new home together — clothing, utensils, mattress, moccasins, corn and any other homemaking essentials, including her white manta wedding dress.
As a customary tradition during the Wedding Vase Ceremony, the parents of both the bride and groom give the young couple advice to help them have a happy and successful marriage. Indian holy water is placed in the Wedding Vase and the vase is turned around and given to the bride. She drinks from one side of the vase, turns it around again and gives it to the groom, who then drinks from the opposite side of the vessel. The completion of this ceremony unites them as one.
The couple will treasure the vase throughout their married life. Should one of them outlive the other, the remaining person will give the vase to a couple known to be living a happily married life. The Wedding Vase is treasured and protected always — it is never broken or destroyed.
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