Also check out some turquoise and silver jewelry and use some of those symbols--probably would wanna know what they mean too.
Carolyn Pollack on QVC has beautiful Southwestern jewelry and she's always saying what all the stuff means--it might be written in the jewley descriptions.
But I'd so totally use Kokopelli on a cake like this!
my first thought:
a series of stacked ceremonial drums, with drums sticks, eagle feathers, and then symbols of their particular tribe and it's religious stories, esp. those centering on life, birth and marriage.
I would be most careful to be sure it honored their particular tribe and it's imagery.
While Kokopelli are beautiful, the tribes of the East have a different art style and there are symbols that are unique to each tribe.
drums are one of the few things found in most but not all tribes.
for wedding in certain tribes of the northwest, a totem pole would be far more appropriate.
Eskimos have a very unique set of symbols.
ask the client which tribe(s) they are members of and research from there. Sensitivity and personalization to their heritage will be most appreciated.
Definately do some research
It will all depend on the level of effort you are willing to put into the cake
I'm assuming that the bride and/or groom are Native. If that is indeed the case we need some more info before helping with ideas because not every Native symbol goes for every tribe.
An example would be that we live on the Turtle Mountain Reservation. The Chippewa rose and turtles are used quite a bit in art work around here. Dream catchers and medicine wheels are very popular. Silver and turquoise are not common or really traditional in this area.
I have lived here about 10 years and have never seen kokopelli before so it would not be something to use if the tribe is wrong.
Some things to find out if they are Native would be what tribe, family symbols, traditional names with any meanings behind them and if they dance.
There is some blending now as far as artwork because people are influenced by what they see but there are bead patterns that might look nice on a cake that are tribe specific.
If the bride and groom just like the art work but are not Native try to find out what they specifically like.
OH and WELCOME TO CC btw!!!
I agree, find out more about their tribe(s) and which symbols are indigenious to said tribe(s). There are (were) hundreds of different tribes in the Americas, each with its own traditions and symbols.