The Vision Quest


After two days and nights, Chief White Cloud bade

farewell to his beloved son and wished him a fruitful


The agreement between the two was that if Running

Deer absolutely needed assistance, he could build a

large fire and send smoke signals that one of the tribes

in the area would see and pass on the message to his

father. He was cautioned that if at any time he

interrupted the initiation, at some time in the future, he

would have to start again from day one.

As the sun dipped below the mountains leaving an

apricot string of clouds in its wake, Running Deer ate his

last light meal and washed it down with fresh, clean

water from the nearby river. This would be the last solid

food or drink he would partake in for the next seven

days and nights, commencing at midnight. All that was


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