Eagle of Guidance
Koda's mother (formerly)
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|“||Kenai: I just want to get my handprint on that wall.
Sitka: Just be patient, Kenai. When you live by your totem, you will.
Sitka raised and took care of his younger brothers, Denahi and Kenai. They learned to hunt, fish, and contribute to the tribe together, forming an inseparable bond between them. After Kenai's totem ceremony, Sitka encouraged him to live by his totem's virtue in order to place his handprint on the wall of their ancestors.
Later, Sitka defended Denahi and Kenai from a bear attack, sacrificing his life in the process. Enraged over Sitka's death, Kenai pursued the bear and slayed it to get his revenge. However, the bear's senseless death disturbed Sitka, who transformed Kenai into a bear in order to help him gain a new perspective on his actions.
While Kenai journeyed to the Mountain Where the Lights Touch the Earth in the hopes of convincing Sitka to transform him back into a human, Sitka monitored his progress in eagle form. Similarly, Sitka guided Denahi, who was pursuing Kenai's bear form to enact vengeance for the perceived deaths of both his brothers. Eventually, the brothers had a confrontation, and Sitka saved Kenai from dying at Denahi's hands.
After transforming Kenai back into a human, Sitka helped reconcile his formerly feuding brothers. Kenai then asked to be transformed back into a bear due to his relationship with a bear cub named Koda, and Sitka granted his request. The brothers shared a final embrace before Sitka returned to the heavens to rejoin the Great Spirits.
When Sitka came of age, he was given his totem: the Eagle of Guidance. Although he was not certain what his totem meant, he grew to comprehend that it was about being a leader and caring for his younger brothers.
While out with his siblings, Denahi and Kenai, Sitka spots Kenai fleeing a stampede of caribou. The siblings take shelter behind their canoes, after which Denahi scuffles with Kenai over the incident. Sitka breaks up the fight, reminding them that they will only be able to head back to the village for Kenai's ceremony once they have caught enough salmon.
The brothers depart in their canoes and paddle back to the village. Along the way, Sitka and Denahi attempt to catch salmon with a net, but Kenai disrupts their work by riding on the back of a mammoth. Though Denahi is aggravated, Sitka is amused by his sibling’s antics. Eventually, the siblings head back to the village with a net full of salmon, which Kenai deposits into a basket and ties up in a tree. Meanwhile, Sitka and Denahi run ahead to join in on the ceremony.
After the ceremony, Denahi pokes fun at Kenai for the totem, and Sitka has to restrain Kenai from fighting back, reminding him that Denahi is not wise simply because his totem means wisdom. Then he admits that he was perplexed about his own totem in the first place, the Eagle of Guidance, until he grew older and realized that he was meant to be a leader and a caregiver to his siblings. This comforts Kenai, but he admits that he wants to put his handprint on the wall of his ancestors. In answer, Sitka advises him to be patient and live by his totem.
Just then, Denahi accuses Kenai of forgetting to tie up their basket of fish the right way, which permitted a bear to make off with it. Before the siblings can get into a fight, Sitka tells the both of them they can just make a different basket, but Denahi protests that it would have taken him two weeks to make the last one. Then Kenai departs to retrieve it, paying no attention to Sitka's protests.
Sitka and Denahi follow after Kenai and are alerted to his presence when he hollers and falls off a ridge. An agitated Sitka rushes to Kenai's aid and reaches down to help him to safety, but Kenai warns him that the bear is behind him. Before the bear can harm Sitka, Denahi gets her attention and lures it onto an unstable glacier. In the meantime, Sitka helps Kenai clamber back to the top of the ridge, and both siblings rush to Denahi's aid.
While Kenai helps Denahi, who has fallen through a fissure in the ice, Sitka takes on the bear. However, the bear overpowers him and advances on Denahi and Kenai at once. In order to rescue his siblings, Sitka stabs his spear into the glacier and breaks it apart, causing it to fall into the water below, taking both himself and the bear with it.
After Sitka's fall, Denahi and Kenai comb the water for him. Although the two of them find his hood only. That night, the tribe mourns for Sitka, holding a funeral for him in which his totem is burned in a ceremonial pyre.
Shortly after the funeral, Kenai quarrels with Denahi that they must hunt down the bear that had Sitka slaughtered, but Denahi declines, believing it to be incorrect. Kenai reminds him that the bear is accountable for Sitka's demise, but Denahi retorts harshly that he doesn’t blame the bear. Despite this, Kenai departs to enact his revenge, and after a moment, Denahi follows, intent on preventing him. Meanwhile, Tanana speaks to Sitka's spirit, telling him his siblings need his guidance.
Eventually, Kenai tracks down the bear accountable for Sitka's demise and slays it atop the Mountain Where the Lights Touch the Earth. Incensed by the senseless demise, the Great Spirits appear overhead, and Sitka materializes before Kenai in spirit form, indicating the body of the bear as it is swept into the heavens to join the spirits. Then, in eagle form, Sitka lifts Kenai into the air and transforms him into a bear.
Later, after Kenai falls into a river and is swept ashore in an unfamiliar forest, Sitka appears as an eagle, watching over his sibling. He tracks Kenai on his journey, watching him again while he is riding on mammoths by night and when he enters the Valley of Fire. Sitka appears to Denahi as well, who is hunting Kenai's bear form in vengeance, believing it to have destroyed both his siblings. Denahi recognizes Sitka's eagle form and follows it to where Kenai is waiting on the mountainside. This prompts a fight between the siblings.
Before Denahi can fatally stab Kenai, Sitka lifts Kenai out of danger and transforms him back into a human. Then he approaches Denahi, taking both his cloak and Kenai's totem, and gives them to Kenai. Afterward, Kenai has a touching moment with Koda, his bear cub friend. Troubled over Koda's fate, Kenai tells Sitka Koda needs him, and Sitka grants Kenai's request by transforming him back into a bear. Then he embraces his siblings before going back to the heavens.
Finally, Sitka appears in eagle form, watching as Kenai places his paw print on the wall of his ancestors.
Sitka is not deceased in this film.
Sitka makes a short cameo in eagle form during Nita's transformation.
Sitka is identifiable by his parka, which is burgundy with white trim. He wears his totem, the Eagle of Guidance, under his clothes.
As the eldest of his brothers, Sitka is the largest, with a tall stature, large frame, and broad shoulders. Like his tribesmen, he is bronze-skinned and has black hair, which he wears long, with part of the hair pulled into a tail. Additionally, he has a thin ring of black beard on his chin. His eyes are brown.
He also wears a crimson (resembling burgundy) parka in Return of the Bear of Love.
As an eagle, Sitka is dignified and sharp-featured. His feathers are brown, and he has a crown of white on his head. His eyes are a piercing yellow.
Personality and traits
Sitka is the peacemaker and voice of reason among his brothers. He never takes sides when Denahi and Kenai fight, but rather tries to find a middle ground that placates both parties. In this way, he is open-minded and sensitive, as he does not dismiss his brothers simply for being combative, but makes an effort to recognize their frustrations and desires.
Even in his professional life, Sitka is a leader. He works hard to contribute to his tribe and does not get easily side-tracked, unlike the more fun-loving Kenai. He is slow to anger and uses reason to guide his actions. Even when faced with a dilemma, such as a bear making off with the tribe's fish, he brushes the incident off and focuses on how to fix the problem.
Despite Sitka's patience, he is a firm teacher and does not restrain from doling out punishment. When Kenai kills the bear that had caused Sitka's death, Sitka responds with disappointment and transforms Kenai into a bear in order to teach him why his actions had been misplaced. However, despite his indignation at Kenai's actions, Sitka continues to watch over him, monitoring his journey and ultimately saving him from harm at the hands of Denahi.
- Sitka is voiced by D.B. Sweeney.
- Sitka is named for a city in Alaska.
- The song heard during Kenai's transformation into a bear is likely sung from Sitka's perspective, as the singer speaks of Kenai's heart "turning away" from him and of the singer wanting Kenai to understand a new perspective. This is exactly what Tanana claims is Sitka's reason for transforming Kenai into a bear in Brother Bear.
- D.B. Sweeney. IMDb. Amazon. Retrieved on June 24, 2020.
- Sitka. Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved on June 27, 2020.
- Revealed in Disney's Brother Bear (2003). Written by Steve Bencich, Lorne Cameron, Ron J. Friedman, David Hoselton, and Tab Murphy, and directed by Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker. Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.