The Air Acolytes are monks and nuns that reside on Air Temple Island. Although not airbenders themselves, they carry on the teachings of the Air Nomads, their culture, and their traditions through practice.
The Air Acolytes were founded in 101 ASC from the members of the Official Avatar Aang Fan Club. Aang himself taught the members of the group the ways of the Air Nomads, and eventually dubbed them the "Air Acolytes" rather than just a fan club.
When Mako, Bolin, and Asami were rendered homeless, some of the Air Acolytes assisted them with moving to Air Temple Island, piloting the Air Temple Island ferry and transferring all of their luggage off the boat and into their rooms, gaining Asami's praise as "amazing" and "tireless workers".
Two Air Acolytes later helped Pema when she was giving birth to her fourth child, Rohan. Shortly thereafter, they evacuated the island via flying bison in response to the Equalistattack on Republic City.
Male Air Acolytes wear yellow robes with a red sash, while female members wear red robes with a yellow sash.
Male Air Acolytes either completely or partially shave their heads even though they cannot receive customary Air Nomad tattoos. Most female Air Acolytes, however, do not partially shave their heads as female Air Nomads did.