Native American Weddings and Blessings

Hehakapa Mahto (Delwin Fiddler, Jr.) Cultural Ambassador – Lakota

 

Hehakapa Mahto (AKA Delwin Fiddler, Jr.) is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Sans Arc band, and a world-renowned Native American performing artist and International cultural ambassador.  Hehakapa Mahto has performed for two American Presidents and the Royal Family in England. His traditional Grass Dance is displayed in a continual loop at the Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

​Delwin Fiddler, Jr.’s Lakota name is Hehakapa Mahto (Elk Bear).  He is a third-generation grandson of the Elk Head Red Hair (Hehakapa Pahinsa) who was the historical Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe. 

​Aside from being an International performing artist, Hehakapa Mahto’s work involves a commitment to protecting and defending Mother Earth. He is the Executive Director of his non-profit called PAZA (Tree of Life in Lakota) which he founded to promote cultural awareness through cultural exchange and education, as well as to preserve his native heritage and retain the indigenous traditions of all native people for future generations.

Hehakapa Mahto Lakota Dancer

 

Star Blanket Ceremony

In Lakota, you often hear the phrase Mitakuye Oyasin, which means all my relatives, all my relations. Many people believe it only means extended family and tribal family, but when Lakotas use the term Mitakuye Oyasin, it means all the relatives of all the nations, and not limited to the human nations. It includes the animals, the natural elements of Grandmother Earth, and the Star Nation, bringing together all the ancestors and relatives throughout the entire universe. All Lakotas are related to the stars. By participating in this ceremony, the married couple along with their families become part of all nations by being welcomed in by The Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe (Hehakapa Mahto).

The Native American Star Blanket Ceremony is a sacred Lakota wedding tradition where the couple is wrapped in a hand-crafted blanket symbolizing their becoming one with the Star Nation, sealing their love forever as they walk the Red Road for all of eternity. As the couple enters the Milky Way path of stars, they receive the blessing of the Great Spirit, the White Buffalo Calf Woman, and The Keeper of the Pipe (Hehakapa Mahto). The ceremony is customized to each couple and often includes ceremonial songs, flute and drum blessings, tasting of traditional native foods followed by a circle dance with the families.  If you are interested in booking Hehakapa Mahto for your event and adding this sacred ceremony to your wedding celebration, please reach out and send us a message to discuss your wedding options.

Rev. Dr. Samora and Hehakapa Mahto

In addition to the Star Blanket Ceremony and Wedding Blessings, Hehakapa Mahto performs the following ceremony services:

  • Traditional Hand Tying Ceremony
  • Land and Ceremonial Site Blessing
  • Traditional Dance Performance
  • Native Drum & Flute Performance
  • Home & Land Blessing
  • Baby Blessing
  • End-of-Life or Memorial Service
  • Medicine Wheel
  • Sweat Lodge & Ceremony
Native American Flute and Drum