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8 Possible Ways to Tell You Might Be Married to a Native If…

Ever wondered if you were married to a Native American, here are eight ways to tell you might be.

In the world of being married to a Native person, just what are some of the determining factors? Just how can you be sure that you are married Native style?

Well, we’ve decided to put a few thoughts together and come up with a checklist of sorts in case anyone out there just isn’t too sure. True, every marriage in the Native world is a little bit different than another – but let’s admit – there are some similarities … so in this light, here are 8 possible ways to tell: You Might Be Married to a Native …

If you come home late from hanging with the boys and your regalia is out on the lawn

You know what we’re talking about – you said you’d be home at eight, and you come rolling in at 2 a.m.? Is it a surprise to find your stuff on the lawn? Except the amazing thing – how did all your stuff get out on the lawn without one single feather touching the ground?


If you have his and her deluxe monogrammed powwow chairs

When you go to the powwow and the folks around you look on with desire at your custom-made monogrammed powwow chairs with monogrammed names and of course drink-holders – then you might be married Native style.


If You have Pendleton blankets decorating your windows

Thanks to +Jazzy Boo on Google Plus for this one. Is it true Jazzy? We know that you and your hubby Orval are representing Native style and we have a feeling your house might be rockin’ a Pendleton in Navajo territory!


If You Understand this Joke:

A Native woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go to the dentist. "I want a tooth pulled, and I don't want any pain killers because I'm in a big hurry," the Native woman said. "Just extract the tooth as quickly as possible, and we'll be on our way."

The dentist was quite impressed. "You're certainly a courageous woman," he said. "Which tooth is it?"

The Native woman turned to her husband and said, "Show him your tooth, dear."

Vincent Schilling

If you go anywhere without your spouse – the only question you hear is ‘where’s your second half?’

If you are married Native style and you go anywhere alone, to include a powwow, community meeting, the store, doing laundry … anything. The main question you are going to hear from anyone you see is … “Hey, where is so and so?”

Vincent Schilling

If you are feeding dinner to kids – and you don’t even know their names

Since you’re married with kids and your kids have invited their cousins or friends of their cousins – you might likely be feeding a friend, cousin or some other kid you have to refer to as, “hey you!” or “what’s your name?”


If your home smells like Frybread or grease

Thanks to +Devon Broaddus on Google+ and Jason Hill on Twitter for these jewels. In a Native marriage, we all know that our significant others can cook it up! So if you have the smell of greasy Frybread coming from the kitchen – you might be married Native style!

P.S. Jason Hill has some cred on this topic considering he wants to open a House of Frybread restaurant!

RELATED: Is Reno Ready for House of Frybread? Paiute Entrepreneur Hopes So

Courtesy Jason Hill

If you hear Powwow Music Coming from the Bathroom

Jason Hill gave us one more possible tip as to guessing the marital status of a Native person. If you are getting ready in the morning or your significant other is getting ready, it is certainly possible you might be hearing some Northern Cree, White Tail, Thunder Hill, Young Bear or Iron Boy coming out of that bathroom! HOKA!

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