A traditional ceremony|Local newlyweds reach back in time, across cultures

SANDUSKY Everyone knows the wedding adage -- something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. For Ken
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Everyone knows the wedding adage -- something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

For Kenneth and Caroline Tuttle their "something old" was the marriage ceremony itself.

According to the Tuttles, their traditional Native American wedding ceremony was the first one this area has seen in more than 200 years.

Caroline Tuttle, 55, and Kenneth Tuttle, 44, of Sandusky were married on May 26 at the Historic Lyme Village in Bellevue.

"I told my father that I always wanted to get married to an Indian," Caroline Tuttle said with a smile. "I always wanted an Indian wedding."

Caroline got the wedding of her dreams by surprise; she didn't even know about the ceremony until an hour before it began.

"It was my grandfather's idea," Kenneth said.

Their spontaneous wedding ceremony took place within a sacred circle, which means the area was blessed from the four corners (North, South, East, West) and from heaven and earth. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Warren Bass in front of a large, impromptu crowd.

"It was raining like crazy," Caroline remembers, but the rain stopped as the ceremony began.

The traditional Native American wedding was a powerful experience for the couple.

"It felt to me like the rebirth of something beautiful and peaceful," Kenneth said.

"It was awesome," Caroline said. "There was drumming and singing and dancing."

Kenneth is a drummer himself. He was given the name Thunder Child by his father because of his drumming. Kenneth is also an artist; he does traditional beadwork and other native arts.

Kenneth is a registered member of the Lakota tribe. Caroline, who is registering, is Iroquois. Her Native American name is Copperfawn.

The couple met seven years ago through Caroline Tuttle's son, Eli, 26, who worked with Kenneth. Caroline also has a daughter, Clover, who is 23. Kenneth is the father of three children, Kevin, 19, Kyle, 16, and Kaitlin, 14.

Kenneth has been teaching about the Native American way of life for years.

"That's where my heart's at," Kenneth said.

While many people know some Native American history, Kenneth explains, "Not everybody knows where they're at today or what they're doing."

The newly-married Tuttles had a traditional reception Saturday afternoon at Shoreline Park in Sandusky.