Speaking Rain is the adopted sister of Kaya'aton'my.


  • Name: Speaking Rain
  • First Appearance: Meet Kaya



Speaking Rain is Kaya's adopted sister and cousin. Her father was gorged to death on a buffalo hunt, and her mother died giving childbirth. Speaking Rain is blind due to an illness, and so she sees with her "other senses". In the beginning, she relied on Kaya for support and comfort as she was always uncertain about where she was heading. Because of her dependence on Kaya, Speaking Rain ends up getting kidnapped along with Kaya in Kaya's Escape. Despite Kaya's protests, Speaking Rain stays behind with the captives as her blindness will only be a hindrance to Kaya. Later on, Speaking Rain was left behind from the captives and nearly died when she was found by White Braids. Speaking Rain looks at White Braids as a second mother and since the two depend on each other, Speaking Rain wants to stay with White Braids' tribe. As of Changes for Kaya, Speaking Rain spends six months with White Braids' tribe and six months with Kaya's tribe.

Speaking Rain is called "strong" by Kaya's grandmother and mother, and has a powerful will that does not give up. Once Speaking Rain makes a vow, she is shown to keep it. Speaking Rain also has a good sense of how people truly feel.

She is very close to Kaya, and considers Kaya to be her best friend.

In the Books

Meet Kaya: An American Girl

Kaya leaves Speaking Rain to look after her brothers while she races. The boys become tired of Speaking Rain's games and leave her. Later, while helping Kaya look the knife that was left behind, she fell over an edge that was over the river. She tries to swim for shore, but the river is too fast. Kaya saves Speaking Rain with Steps High.

Kaya's Escape: A Survival Story

Speaking Rain is captured along with Kaya. As she is blind, she works with an old woman inside the tents, away from Kaya. Speaking Rain then is left behind when Kaya escapes as she would only slow down Kaya.

Kaya's Hero: A Story of Giving

Kaya is still heavily upset at her actions and upset at leaving Speaking Rain behind.

Kaya Shows The Way: A Sister Story

Kaya finds out that Speaking Rain is with an old woman, White Braids, in Two Hawks' tribe. The two girls are reunited, but Speaking Rain has one problem. She was left behind by the tribe when she took too long to come back to the river and had to support herself. She was in a bad condition when White Braids found her and nursed her back to health. Speaking Rain is grateful to the old woman and plans on staying with her. By the end, she decides to spend six months with the White Braids and Two Hawks's tribe and six months with Kaya's tribe.

Changes for Kaya: A Story of Courage

Speaking Rain is spending her six months with White Braid's tribe and Kaya briefly mentions she misses her.

Kaya and the River Girl

Kaya and the Grandmothers

The Silent Stranger

The Ghost Wind Stallion

The Roar of the Falls: My Journey with Kaya

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