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When each of us comes of age, the Great Spirits reveal to us a totem that helps guide us through our lives.
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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.

Known totems

Trivia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 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.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Disney's Brother Bear 2 (2006). Written by Rich Burns, and directed by Ben Gluck. Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc.
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