Wedding Traditions in Oklahoma Cultures

The current exhibits at The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art take a look at the wedding customs and practices of the peoples of Oklahoma.

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2011

Examples of clothes worn by a Chinese wedding party.

Examples of clothes worn by a Chinese wedding party.

The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art currently has two exciting exhibits based on the concept of marriage. Weddings for many are the happiest day of their lives. Our wedding customs vary from religion to religion and culture to culture. “Breaking the Glass: Wedding Traditions in Oklahoma Cultures” takes a look at the wedding customs and practices of the peoples of Oklahoma, highlighting traditions from the Jewish, Native American, Indo American, Mexican, German, Vietnamese, Korean, Persian, Czech, and Polish peoples.

The exhibit will feature a variety of textiles, gowns, documents, paintings, photographs and other memorabilia. Pieces will be borrowed from area residents, as well as being supplemented with items from the Sherwin Miller Museum permanent collection.

To complement the wedding show, “Bridal Jewelry: Circles of Love” will fill the Mezzanine gallery. Jewelry for a bride and groom is symbolic in every culture – from the tiara to the wedding rings, jewelry worn on that special day represents the lifetime of love and commitment to be affirmed in the wedding ceremony. The Sherwin Miller Museum will exhibit examples of these symbolic adornments, from brides’ belts and tiaras to wedding rings and pearls, a wealth of the symbols of love.

The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art is an appropriate venue for exhibits that focus on marriage, as Jewish teaching regards marriage as the ideal human state, fulfilling the needs for both companionship and propagation. Marriage is considered the central event in the cycle of life. At the exhibits “Breaking the Glass: Wedding Traditions in Oklahoma Cultures” and “Bridal Jewelry: Circles of Love,” guests will have the opportunity to learn about the many different Jewish customs in marriage, as well as several other cultures’ marriage rituals. It’s a fascinating, multicultural look at the union of two people in holy matrimony. The exhibits will be on display until February 15, 2011.

Attire worn by a Hindu bride and groom.

Attire worn by a Hindu bride and groom.

Through exhibitions and educational programs focusing on Jewish culture, history, religion, and art, the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art works to deepen understanding of the Jewish people, their faith, and their history.

The museum is located at 2021 E. 71st St. in Tulsa and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call (918) 492-1818 or visit  www.jewishmuseum.net for more information. 

For more information, contact

Sherwin Miller ­Museum of Jewish Art

2021 E. 71st St.
Tulsa, OK 74136
(918) 492-1818

www.jewishmuseum.net


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About Author Sheryl Sowell

Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.

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