How a Vision Quest helps teens transition into adulthood

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How a Vision Quest helps teens transition into adulthood

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When we think about our children entering into adulthood, we really need to have some processes in which we are able to do that. Think about all the pressures that a young person goes through and we think about our young men; they are entering into this new way of being as adults. Taking the time to have a vision quest, taking the time to set that time aside without distractions, so that you can really think about, 'What is my purpose here? How am I going to deal with the pressures? And 'What are my responsibilities?' To be able to have support during that period during that time; I think that's a marking of our celebrations of what it means now, instead of the negative kind of thing that we have around teens. A really positive process.

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Shannon CrossBear is a beautiful, powerful, spiritual Ojibwe and Irish woman. Shannon is an enrolled member of Fort William First Nation of the Lake Superior Ojibwe, which is located in Ontario, Canada.  She has lived on the shores of Lake Superior for the majority of her life and currently resides within the boundaries of the United States in Hovland, Minnesota. Wabagoness, her given name in Ojibwemoin, is a daughter, sister, mother and grandmother. Shannon has been a story teller for an audience of relatives and friends for many years.  As a columnist for the Cook Country News Herald she wrote over 200 hundred article under the heading Mino- Biimadizawin (the good path/life).Her purpose is to demonstrate and promote gentle healing. She expresses her commitment to healing through her business Strongheart Resource Development. Conditions within Ms. CrossBear’s family of origin and community cement her commitment to improving conditions for children, their families and communities.

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