Shaman, I feel as if I am finally ready for my vision quest.
I believe you too are finally ready Coen.
The steam rising represents the grandfathers and grandmothers, which will cleanse and purify you.
Coen has just turned 14 and entered into puberty. He has been preparing for his vision quest for a full year, and is ready to seek direction in life. He is ready to go on his intense experience of full solidarity.
That's my spirit animal! But what does it mean?
Coen and the Shaman engage in the ritual of the sweat lodge to purify the mind, body and spirit and restore relationships with the Great Spirit.
I will choose the name Ogichidaa as it means warrior.
May your vision guide you on your path in life.
Previously, Coen and the shaman had agreed on a place for Coen's vision quest to occur. Now, Coen journeys to that sacred place he has found where he feels connected with the Creator, earth and himself.
We are so proud of you Ogichidaa
Congratulations, you are now a man!
Coen is now fasting and in a peaceful state, truly attuned with nature and connecting with his manitou. Finally, Coen sees a vision of an elephant guiding him through a forest.
Coen returns home and informs his elder of his vision of the elephant. His elder explains to him an elephant represents strength, power and loyalty. Coen's purpose in life is to be a powerful hunter, providing food for his tribe.
The community celebrates the return of Ogichidaa, who is now considered an adult and has found meaning in life. He will now live the rest of his life as a strong hunter, guided by his spirit animal- the elephant.