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By Dudewaldo4 Part of the Kanna's Story continuity.

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Biographical information

Northern Water Tribe


16 in Act 1: Pakku, 82 in "The Boy in the Iceberg" and "The Avatar Returns"

Physical description


Hair color

Gray (formerly brown)

Eye color


Personal information

Lyaka, Yugoda, Hama, Pakku, Hakoda, Katara, Sokka, Kya, Aang, Southern Water Tribe


Fire Nation

Chronological and political information

Tribe Elder


Southern Water Tribe

First appearance

Act 1: Pakku

Kanna, also known as Gran Gran, is Katara and Sokka's caring grandmother on their father's side.

Kanna is the oldest person in the Southern Water Tribe but is not a Waterbender. Although she had her doubts about Aang at first, when it was revealed that he was indeed the Avatar, she had regained hope, something she probably hasn't had for a long time. She cares deeply for her two grandchildren.


The Northern Water Tribe

Kanna was born in the Northern Water Tribe. When she was sixteen, it was arranged that she would marry Pakku, as is the custom. Following the tribe's engagement tradition, Pakku carved a symbol into a betrothal necklace for her. Though they loved each other and thought highly of their future together, Kanna did not want to marry because it was not her choice. As her friend Yugoda said, it was odd because she would mary Pakku anyway, if she was allowed to choose. After Yugoda was married to Hakuri, Kuwabara, her mother, left the Tribe for Taku, as she couldn't stand to see her daughter be married against her will (at least, that's how she saw it). Kanna followed her. She didn't even say goodbye to her friends, although she did take the necklace with her.


After arriving in Taku, Kanna was found by a family that had been secretly living there since the city was destroyed. After spending a few days with them, the mother and father, Qui Tu and Huowoun, were killed by Fire Nation soldiers. Shaocia, the daughter of the two, was believed to be dead. However, she was only near death. After the battle, she was nursed back to health by the family's two cats, Qiang and Chao. Mikaere, Shaocia's older brother, believed them all to be dead, and he killed the soldiers.

Yugoda claims that Katara looks exactly like Kanna did when she was her age.

Kanna with her grandchildren

Kanna and her grandchildren

This section of Kanna's history is currently unknown. It will be released at a later date.

Soon after she arrived at the Southern Tribe, Kanna and Hama were friends. They were there when the Southern Water Tribe was first attacked by the Fire Nation. The Waterbenders tried to fight but were greatly outnumbered. Hama was the last Waterbender in the Southern Water Tribe until she too was captured. When she was taken onto the boat, Kanna was the last face of her friends Hama saw before she was locked away when she was still a young woman. Kanna never saw her again.

The necklace was eventually passed down to her daughter-in-law, Kya, who in turn passed it down to Katara. But Kanna never told her grandchildren the history of that necklace, nor of her 'past life' in the Northern Water Tribe. She was reunited with Pakku 64 years later, and they were married. This time, Kanna married him happily, because the choice was hers to make. In the episode "Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters", it was revealed that after Master Pakku returned to the Southern Water Tribe, he carved her a new betrothal necklace and the two were married. It is unknown if Pakku and Kanna settled after The War in either of the Water Tribes.


Non-canon Appearances

Kanna is mentioned in the non-canon crossover, Clash of Worlds 3}}.

Name Origin

  • Kanna's name may be derived from the Japanese word Kan, meaning cold.
  • "Kana" is also Inuit for "down there", "the one below", "downriver" or "in the direction of the sea", possibly referring to her traveling from the Northern to Southern Water Tribe.
  • Kanna can mean "river fish".
  • There is a river and lake by the name of Kanna.
  • "Cana", pronounced the same way, means "white hair" in Spanish.
  • In Telugu (Indian Language) Kanna means dear, or child


  • Kanna seems to have kept her same hairstyle her whole life.
  • Kanna looks very much like Katara when she was younger.

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