Elder... I now believe I am mature enough to begin preparation for my Vision Quest. May I have your permission to do so?
Of course, Ahanu! You are more than ready to start your vision quest! You have my blessing to begin the preparation.
This location is only a small distance from my village and should do just fine.
It is a lot harder to stay awake overnight than I thought it would be.
At the sweat lodge...
Wait... what is this ritual supposed to do?
This is called the "smudging ritual". These sacred ashes will protect you during your quest.
Hello, my name is Chaska, recently known as Ahanu, and this is a story of the steps I took in completing my vision quest. It all started during my early teenage years when I finally felt ready to begin my quest. I approached one of the main elders of my tribe for his permission, and he happily granted it!
What is that behind the tree? It looks just like my grandfather. But it can't be... he passed away years ago! I must be having my vision!
Wow! I can't believe my vision quest has started! I have been looking forward to this day for ever!
Two days later...
Returning to the village...
It was now my personal responsibility to prepare myself and ensure I was ready for the very physically demanding challenge of a vision quest. The quest requires me to stay in nature by myself for multiple days, while also fasting, praying, and being awake the whole time. I practiced these things in advance to make sure my body and mind were prepared for such a challenge.
Elder! I saw an unbelievable vision of my late grandfather. What do you think this means?
Good to hear Ahanu! This is a great vision to have. Seeing your grandfather is a sign that you should follow his footsteps in being a hunter!
While preparing for the vision quest. I also participated in many traditional rituals and ceremonies, such as the smudging ritual, sweat lodge, and sundance. These practices ensured I was spiritually prepared for my vision quest.
Congratulations to Chaska for a very successful Vision Quest! Let us celebrate!
The day had finally come. I was so excited to begin my vision quest! Other than the occasional check-up from a member of my tribe, I was completely alone and by myself in the wilderness. It only took a couple of days for me to have my vision, and soon after I headed back home.
The first thing I did when I returned to my village was ask the elder the meaning behind the vision. He told me that a vision of a late ancestor usually means that you are meant to follow their footsteps, meaning I was to be one of the tribe's hunters.
On the same night of my return, a festival was held for my successful vision quest, and to celebrate the changing of my name. I was blessed with gifts, wisdom, and food through the whole night while the whole tribe danced around the campfire.