The future social status of the family and the children depended on the price, therefore the bridegroom was willing to pay as much as he could possibly afford.
From Native American Courtship & Marriage: “Native American legends and myths have existed for thousands of years and are still relevant today.
The Great Spirit is not pictured as a man in the sky but it is believed to be formless and to exist throughout the universe.
The sun is viewed as a manifestation of the power of the Great Spirit.
The man would live in his wife’s home under her father’s jurisdiction.
A man might have to half-marry because of a lack of wealth or social standing, or if his father did not approve of his bride.
Many Native Americans desire a wedding which reflects their Indian heritage.