Thomas Doty – Storyteller
A Native View
The rock writing symbol for completeness is a rope with the two ends tied together. Native people see their world in circles and cycles rather than straight lines. To tie the rope transforms it from a straight line to a circle, makes it complete. This symbol is frequently found at vision quest sites, a sacred place to journey to, experience days and nights of dreams and visions, and then return home. To native people, the message is clear: Complete this journey to become a complete person.
Photo: Completeness symbol at a vision quest site in northeast California.