According to many websites (such as ancientpages), Native American girls/young women don't go on vision quests.

Ancient pages describes the reasoning behind it as:

When a boy is young, he must try to understand his purpose in life. Therefore, he must experience a vision quest.

I would think that similar reasoning would apply to young women as well. Does this policy vary by tribe? Are young women not seen as people who go on quests?

Why is this and what is the anthropology/history behind it?

EDIT 0: As Wallace pointed out, it is unreasonable to try and determine if there exited a tribe that had young women go on vision quests as it would require a O(n) index search to determine.

Perhaps rephrasing the question as: Was the average/general strain of thought at the time that only young men go on vision quests, and that women don't? Bonus for the sociological reasoning behind it.

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    Not entirely sure this is a question about history (as it is currently phrased). Can you edit the question to ask about history? Having said that, a quick search of the internet seems to support your question. Historically oriented sites that discuss vision quests describe them as a male pursuits. Is it as simple as an implicit assumption that women don't need to question their purpose or their place in society? Or perhaps that men are so much less important to the survival of a society that only men question whether they bring enough value to society? – Mark C. Wallace Aug 18 at 21:09
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    Call it feminist cynicism, but I suspect that, while a boy had to "understand his purpose in life", a girl's only purpose was to marry, bear children, and care for them and her husband. No great choice, or soul-searching, required. – TheHonRose Aug 19 at 13:25
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    sarahszabo good point; Native American history is as large and diverse as Asian history. An answer would be broad. I think the answer provided by @thehonrose and myself (although phrased differently) is the leading hypothesis. Confirming that hypothesis would require research into dozens of not hundreds of different societies. – Mark C. Wallace Aug 19 at 14:42
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    @MarkCWallace Actually, my comment applies to most women /girls until the 19C. Even when I was growing up in the 50s/60s, girls' education was questioned on the basis of "She'll just get married and leave work!" WRAC officers had to resign their commission on marriage. – TheHonRose Aug 19 at 16:00
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    Sara Szabo I don't know, as @markcwallace says, there were many different tribes, no doubt with different customs. I am simply extrapolating from the almost? universal historical position of women as seen primarily as wives and mothers. – TheHonRose Aug 19 at 18:18