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  • Makya, belongs to Native American Tribe located in Northern Ontario. Coming from a traditional family, Makya was introduced to the Native spirituality and has now begun to exemplify one of the significant rituals found within the Aboriginal culture, puberty. As his journey into adulthood develops, Makya begins with a one year preparation of meditating, and hunting alongside elders within the community. With this training, Makya is finally deemed ready to begin his journey on his vision quest.
  • As this quest into a new age of life begins, Makya descends into the deepest part of the Boreal Forest, with nothing but the clothes on his back, for the utmost solitary confinement. The natural flora and fauna scenery enhance the spiritual and physical connection Makya has to the earth. The tranquility of the Boreal Forest allows for Makya’s inner most deepest thoughts to be exposed.
  • It has been three days since Makya has left for his voyage into the wilderness. Each day comes with its new experiences as he begins by meditating and praying to the Great Spirit as he continues to walk down towards the lake, travelling deeper into the forest. Days seem to be longer and nights seem to get harder as Makya now understands the difficulty and strength it takes to fast. Makya continues his voyage of solidarity by continuing to walk deeper into the forest.
  • Makya stumbles upon an ancient tree that reminds him of being back home. He stops to rest for the evening where he witnesses a vision. Out in the wilderness of the forest, Makya observes a pack of wolves wandering past him fighting off their prey that would last as food for many days to follow. The leader of the pack turns to Makya and provides a powerful stance, providing Makya with a sense of spiritual authority. He now understands the power and meaning of his vision.
  • Makya’s time has finally come to an end on his vision quest following his observation of the spiritual animal. He begins his journey back to his community where he is able to reunite with his family. Here, Makya shares with the elders of the community the outcome of his journey into the forest, specifically the vision that was exhibited within his dream.
  • The Elder’s of Makya’s community interpret his vision of the pack of wolves in relation to his life. The elder’s begin to say, “The wolf is a representation of great intelligence. They are strong induced animals that exhibit freedom yet settle down with one family for their entire life as they are protective of their packs." A life of individualism will do nothing, yet for Makya, his future will be to take a stance within the community and lead his fellow members.
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