"Kaya" redirects here. For the doll, see Kaya'aton'my (doll).
Kaya drawing
Kaya was the eighth Historical Character of the American Girls, representing early Native America. Kaya was released in 2002.

Basic FactsEdit

  • Name: Kaya'aton'my (She Who Arranges Rocks)
  • Birthday: Unspecified, 1755[1]
  • Series Location: Pacific Northwest[2]
  • Series Timeline: Midsummer 1764 to Winter 1766

Personality and FactsEdit

Kaya (pronounced KY-yah) is a Native American girl of the Nimiipuu, or Nez Perce tribe. Her stories are set prior to permanent settlement of the area by Caucasians. The stories are post-Western contact, as evidenced by the fact the tribe has horses and her grandmother has pock-marks from prior contact that has led to disease.

Kaya is a very active young girl, fitting with an outdoor lifestyle. She swims in the river every morning with the other girls. She is one of the fastest riders and cares greatly for animals, especially horses.

Kaya many times acts before she thinks, getting her into trouble many times through the series. In Meet Kaya, her rash actions get her in trouble, earning a switch from Whip Woman and the nickname "Magpie" which she tries desperately to get rid of. Later, her rash actions get her and Speaking Rain kidnapped by another tribe. Kaya is prone to boast or brag to seem important. She hopes to become a strong, courageous leader of her people.

American Girl characterizes her as "adventurous" and "daring."

Family and FriendsEdit

See Also: Minor Characters in Kaya's Series


Friends and Other CharactersEdit


See: List of Kaya's Books


Kaya Doll

The Kaya doll.

Main Article: Kaya'aton'my (doll)

  • Face Mold: Kaya has a unique face mold with a closed mouth due to a Nimíipuu cultural taboo of baring teeth.
  • Skin: dark tan
  • Hair: black, straight and long
  • Eyes: Dark Brown

Meet OutfitEdit

  • Deerskin dress
  • Fringed belt
  • Moccasins
  • Hair shells

Meet AccessoriesEdit

  • Porcupine quill necklace
  • Belt pouch
  • Woven bag


See: Kaya's Collection


  • Kaya is marketed as the First American Girl, properly acknowledging that Native people were here in America before any European contact or settlements.
  • Kaya's books are set in a time and place that is not technically part of America yet; at the time, some European contact had been made but the Pacific Northwest was still unclaimed by any European nation. The area did not officially become part of the US until the Oregon Country was given to the US as part of the Oregon Treaty of 1846.
  • Many of Kaya's books have titles that differ from the then-set format (Kaya's Escape, Kaya Shows the Way, Kaya's Hero, etc.).

See AlsoEdit




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