I've always been the kind of mother who worried if my child wasn't home the moment I expected them. Rather than chalk the tardiness up to just being late, I pictured them kidnapped, dead in a ditch, the most horrible scenarios one could imagine. I've always been that way, so I can't imagine being an Indian mother and sending my son off on a vision quest.
Now I've raised another question. Sweat Lodge? Usually a small and beehive shaped structure of willow
When a young brave returned from his quest, his visions were interrupted by a medicine man who gave him clues to his adult name and the animal that would henceforth be considered the lad's protector. For instance, a man might garner power from an elk, while another might have envisioned a bear during his quest. Each animal represented a particular skill or attribute such a bravery, healing, speed, etc.
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