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 off 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.
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.
The Lakota Sioux are a fascinating tribe, and I'm so happy to be able to share some of their legendary history with you.