It's time for everyone to prepare for their vision quests
6 MONTHS LATER
This will purify and cleanse my soul before I embark on my journey
I think i'm finally starting to see my spiritual healer!
Aiyana and many other kids in her village are approaching their teenage years, so they visited the Shaman to get advice to complete their vision quest. The elder tells them everything they need to do to prepare and tells Aiyana that she will be ready in 6 months.
After choosing her sacred place, Aiyana is ready to start her vision quest by entering the sweat lodge. The Shaman prepares the lodge by heating the grandfathers and smudging. Aiyana prays and meditates ahead of her long journey.
Your new name is Dyani, which means "smart deer"
Aiyana had been fasting and praying for 3 days in her sacred place, Mount Currie. She had no visions and was starting to grow doubtful until the third night while she was falling asleep.
Welcome home, Dyani
Aiyana had a vision that a doe appeared from a bolt of lightning, and was glimmering while staring right at her. She was very pleased with this vision and felt that her quest was successful.
The Shaman called Aiyana down from the mountain the next morning, and she was able to feast and break the fast. Aiyana explained the vision to the elder who helped her understand it and gave her a new name that fit her vision.
The Shaman brought her back into the village and introduced as an adult with the name Dyani. The whole village congratulated Dyani on completing her vision quest and accepted her as a new adult!