Hello my name is Dakota.
And my name is Yanika, which means wild spirt.
For my people, we take great pride when we see a big body of water. We believe it is sacred because it is the source of all life.
Dakota , when hitting puberty you must give you food by fasting and pray instead to prove your dedication
Dakota has now turned 15 and is now ready to set off onto her vision quest. She is now meeting her shaman (spiritual guide), Yanika. Her parents, with the help of the chef, had selected him. He will help her on her journey through her Vision Quest.
After Dakota met her shaman, she now has selected a special location. It is a lake near her reserve. It is also where she found serenity at this lake as a young child. She gives thanks to the Creator and begins to prepare herself to be cleansed and made new.
During her quest, Dakota must fast and pray, without sleeping, before entering the sweat lodge. This is part of the tradition that Indigenous people find very important. Especially to show their commitment and thanks to the creator and the spirits. This purifies the mind body and spirit before meeting her spiritual helper.
After fasting and praying, Dakota finally enters the sweat lodge for a few hours. She is now considered pure and ready to meet her spiritual guide. In Dakota's dream, she meets a mustang near her special location. When she meets her guide is is very important because this will now be the origin of her new name a determine her new life.
Next in her vision quest is to return home. When she returns home, it is very important that she remembers what had happened during her dream so that she is able to explain it to the Elders. They do this because they will give her further insight of the dream.
Now, Dakota is meeting with the elders to learn the significance of the dream and the significance of the guide that descended upon her. The Elders said that the mustang represents freedom, heroism, and limitless possibilities. The Elders also believed that the lake represents purity and renewal. They made new spiritual name shalu (water) mahya (mustang).
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