Monti and his family feel that Monti is finally ready and mature enough to leave home, and become an adult and begin his vision quest. For the past year, Monti was preparing and gaining survival skills for his journey. He was now taking the first step in his great quest: meeting the Shaman, his wise elder, to prepare him for his journey
Could it be?!?
To begin his vision quest, Monti had to cleanse his mind and soul to help see his vision. So, the sacred sweat lodge was cleansed with a smudging by the Shaman where Monti could pray, meditate, sing and chant.
We're so proud of you Monti!
I'm home family!
Monti would spend several days in the sweat lodge where he would fast and go without sleep. This would give Monti a lot of time to embrace nature and thank the Spirits for the Earth he was given as well was time to reflect on himself and the meaning of becoming an adult. Monti waited on the arrival of his vision.
Your name will be Kakayawipayihow
After many days of cleansing in the sweat lodge, one late night, Monti was walking through nature when he saw it! Across from him sitting on top of a rock, Monti saw the most beautiful peacock with feathers so vibrant and colourful it was almost glowing in the dark night. The peacock stood there waving its bright feathers at Monti. He couldn't believe he had finally seen his vision.
Now that Monti has seen his vision, he was ready to go back his community and see his family. As soon as he got home to his mother, father, and the Shaman, Monti told them all about his journey and his vision of the colourful peacock. Monti was so happy to be home and his family was so proud of him completing his journey in becoming an adult.
It was now time for the Shaman to interpret Monti's vision. He said the peacock and its colourful feathers meant that Monti would live a high-spirited life filled with colour and vibrancy. The Shaman gave him the name "Kakayawipayihow" which means "full of life" in Cree. Monti felt so blessed to have gone through this amazing experience and exited to begin his adult life.