Vision QuestThe Dine (Hopi), Apache, Sioux, Crow, Arikara, Hidatsa, and Mandan, as well as many other tribes, all participate in a vision quest of some sort. Each tribe has their own way of going about this tradition.
For many a vision quest can be described as individuals isolating themselves in the wilderness for a number of days. The person usually doesnt eat and sometimes wont even drink during this time.file:///C:/Users/Nicole/Downloads/Howard-Terpning-Weather-Dancer-Dream-sm.jpg
Often the quest is successful when theparticipant receives a vision. which canbe an animal guide that imparted wisdomand assistance,a force of nature, anaccompanying song, an elder, or evena mere voice.
The specific reasons for and purposes ofvision quests vary from tribe to tribe. its seen as a right of passage or coming ofage. the child may become an apprentice of anadult in the tribe of the shown direction. The point of this vision quest is to becomemore in tune with yourself, your surroundings,nature, and how all of these things can worktogether to improve your life and future.
In cultures where girls did not undertakea vision quest, menstruation andchildbirth were often viewed as theparallel experiences.file:///C:/Users/Nicole/Downloads/1-vision-quest-joyce-jackson1.jpg
Individuals would periodically go onvisionQuests to receive spiritual guidance andassistance during important points ortransitions in their lives. The ritual of thevision quest was particularly important for men preparing to become warriors .