from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A period of spiritual seeking among certain Native American peoples, often undertaken as a puberty rite, that typically involves isolation, fasting, and the inducement of a trance state for the purpose of attaining guidance or knowledge from supernatural forces.
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- n. A rite of passage in some Native American cultures, representing a turning-point in life before puberty and consisting of a journey alone in the wilderness, sometimes accompanied by fasting, leading to a vision from a spirit.
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