What were Comanche weddings like

Most native American tribes had no wedding ceremony, despite the false impression given in badly-researched and historically fake Hollywood movies.

Marriage among all the Plains tribes was seen as a purely practical and informal event based entirely on acceptance (or otherwise) by the girl’s father – if the young man gave a sufficiently acceptable compensation payment in good-quality horses and the father agreed, the girl moved in with the young man and they were considered husband and wife. No ceremony, no honeymoon, no celebrations.

Divorce was equally informal; if either party gave sufficient cause, the other simply moved back to his/her parents and the marriage was over.

It is typical of white Americans that they assume that another culture’s wedding practices must be the same as their own, hence the false representation given in movies.

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