Totems are small, animal-shaped stones that are worn as necklaces. They are given to tribespeople who come of age by their tribe's shaman, who receives them from the Great Spirits. It is expected that the person will live by the virtue their totem represents.
After the tribesperson passes away and joins the Great Spirits, their spirit takes the form of the animal that their totem resembles, though they can still take on a human form at will, e.g. Sitka's spirit can take the form of an eagle, as his totem is the Eagle of Guidance, as well as his original human form.
- It appears that only members of Tanana's tribe use totems, as members of Chilkoot's tribe are not shown to wear totems.
- Kenai is shown wearing his totem, the Bear of Love, at the end of Brother Bear in his bear form. However, in Brother Bear 2, his totem is not seen or mentioned.
- 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.
- Revealed in Disney's Brother Bear 2 (2006). Written by Rich Burns, and directed by Ben Gluck. Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc.