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Kekata is a character from the film Pocahontas.

Background

Kekata is the village's Shaman and medicine man. He is shown to have various mystical abilities. He is an adviser of sorts to Chief Powhatan and his best friend. Like the other members of his tribe, he is very wary of the white settlers, comparing them to ravenous wolves who consume everything during a meeting with several tribespeople to discuss the settlers.

Appearances

Pocahontas

Kekata is first seen entertaining the village children when Chief Powhatan and his warriors return home from a war with the Massawomacks. While Kekata explains that the village is overjoyed to see them back, Powhatan notices the absence of his daughter Pocahontas. Kekata reminds Powhatan of Pocahontas' similarity to her mother, for the wind takes her wherever she goes.

When Kocoum is being presented to the tribe, Kekata paints bear-like paw prints on his chest to represent his courage. When the white settlers arrive, Kekata is charged with telling the tribe about them. Kekata conjures images from his fire that show the settlers. He describes the settlers' body armor ("bodies that shine like the sun") and guns ("weapons that spout fire and thunder"), and also compares them to wolves who consume everything in their paths. Based on this description, Kocoum offers to lead the warriors and attack, but Powhatan tells Kocoum to take a group to observe them instead, as the settlers are strange to them. Kekata would later try to heal a warrior who was wounded from the excursion, but does not know how to deal with gunshot wounds.

Later on in the movie, Kocoum is shot by a settler named Thomas and John Smith is brought back to the camp for the murder. Kekata watches as Kocoum's body is brought back and listens to Powhatan give the word that Smith will die at dawn. During the song "Savages", Kekata is seen putting warpaint on two warriors and notes that the Settlers' differences mean that they can't be trusted. Kekata is not seen again after this point.

Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World

Kekata is not seen or mentioned in the sequel. It's possible that he died prior to the sequel.

Trivia

  • Gordon Tootoosis, who voiced Kekata, was a Canadian of Cree and Stoney descent. He played Chief Powhatan in the 1999 movie "Pocahontas: The Legend" (another Pocahontas movie, but live action rather than animated).

Gallery

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Pocahontas logo
Media
Films: PocahontasPocahontas II: Journey to a New WorldVideo

Television: House of Mouse
Video games: Pocahontas
Music: Original Soundtrack
Books: Classic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingGolden Sight 'n' Sound BookLittle Golden BookMarvel Comics

Disney Parks
Disney Animation BuildingIt's a Small WorldPocahontas Indian VillageSorcerers of the Magic KingdomStitch and Friends Summer Surprise

Entertainment: Animazment - The MusicalDisney's BelieveDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicFantasmic!Feel the MagicFestival of Family & FriendsLa Forêt de l’Enchantement: Une aventure musicale DisneyMickey and the Magical MapPocahontas and her Forest FriendsPocahontas le SpectacleThe Golden MickeysThe Spirit of Pocahontas
Shop: The Spirit of Pocahontas Shop
Parade: Jubilation!
Firework: Tree of Life AwakensWorld of Color
Halloween: The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime

Characters
PocahontasJohn SmithGovernor RatcliffeThomasMeekoFlitPercyWigginsGrandmother WillowChief PowhatanNakomaKocoumKekataBen and LonJohn RolfeKing JamesQueen AnneMrs. JenkinsUttamatomakkinNamontackRedfeather
Songs
The Virginia CompanySteady as the Beating DrumJust Around the RiverbendListen With Your HeartMine, Mine, MineColors of the WindSavagesIf I Never Knew YouWhere Do I Go from Here?What a Day in LondonWait 'Till He Sees YouThings Are Not What They AppearBetween Two Worlds

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