vision quest


Definition of vision quest

: a solitary vigil by an adolescent American Indian boy to seek spiritual power and learn through a vision the identity of his usually animal or bird guardian spirit

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Recent Examples on the Web On a more personal level, Baumer's walk is a vision quest. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Barefoot: The Mark Baumer Story': Film Review | Cinequest 2020," 6 Mar. 2020 To such people, the Crow Sun Dance, or the ordeal of the vision quest, or Buddhist principles of nonattachment and transience might be more than metaphor. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Survivor’s Guilt in the Mountains," 24 Feb. 2020 His Broadway show, which is playing through February, is part concert, part vision quest, and part WTF. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Ten Great Performances from 2019," 12 Dec. 2019 Thousands have joined in on the vision quest to remind us of the power of perception. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "The Great Sneaker Color Test Debate Is Back to Splinter the Internet," 14 Oct. 2019 Sometimes the band sounds like a jazz trio on some sort of interstellar vision quest. John Adamian,, "Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio, masters of ecstatic deconstruction, playing Firehouse 12," 11 Oct. 2019 Just last month, for example, saw the vision quest that was the car door that people thought looked a lot like the beach. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Is it a Bird or Bunny? The Internet Is Really Having a Hard Time With the Animal in This Divisive Video," 21 Aug. 2019 Growing up in the '70s and '80s, life was all about the vision quest. Cathy Schulman, Glamour, "Nobody Talks About the 'Otherhood' Stage of Life—So I Made a Movie About It," 2 Aug. 2019 Vedauwoo is several miles from Curt Gowdy via scenic Happy Jack Road and was formerly visited by Arapahoe men on vision quests. Dina Mishev, Dallas News, "In Cheyenne, the Wild West hasn't been totally tamed," 16 July 2019

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Vision quest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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