Kautsa is the maternal grandmother of Kaya'aton'my.
- Name: Kautsa
- First Appearance: Kaya's Escape!
- Eetsa: Daughter.
- Tall Branch: Daughter.
- Brown Deer: Granddaughter.
- Kaya'aton'my: Granddaughter.
- Speaking Rain: Granddaughter.
- Wing Feather and Sparrow: Twin grandsons.
- Pi-lah-ka: Husband.
Kautsa is a loving woman whose wisdom Kaya's trusts full-heartedly.
In the Books
Kaya's Escape: A Survival Story
Kautsa helps load the horses with the berry baskets. When she spots a little girl with her own basket, she asks Kaya if she remembered being that small. Kaya recalls how Kautsa always praised her for her berries, and Kautsa says Kaya was a good picker. When Kaya asks if she and Speaking Rain could sleep outside the teepee, Kautsa says she wanted the two near her as it was safer for them to stay close together.
Kautsa is the first to hear the dogs growling and wakes the tent up. When they realize enemies were in the camp, she pushes the twins and Speaking Rain ahead of her, and runs into the woods with the rest of the family.
Their memories of Kautsa give Kaya and Speaking Rain comfort and courage during their captivity. Speaking Rain sings the lullaby Kautsa used to sing to them to help Kaya fall asleep, and knowing that Kautsa would try to escape if she was in their situation gives Kaya the courage to escape on foot without Speaking Rain.
Kaya's Hero: A Story of Giving
When the women are in the lodge working on their weaving, Kautsa is working on a hat for Kaya to wear for root digging in the spring. Kaya asks Kautsa if she could ask as question, and Kautsa teases Kaya that she could ask anything, but she'll decide if she wants to answer her. Brown Deer laughs that Kautsa always answered them and Kautsa admits it was true. When Kaya asks what made Swan Circling so different, Kautsa assumes Kaya was asking how Swan Circling became a warrior woman. She tells Swan Circling's story, adding she believed she wouldn't hesitate to fight a grizzly bear. The one sad thing Kautsa thought about her was that Swan Circling has yet to have any children. She does agree with Eetsa that there was still plenty of time for her to have children, and she was certain her children would be as strong as her. Kautsa then commends Kaya for fixing Speaking Rain's doll.
On a different evening, during basket making, Kautsa gathers the whole lodge together to listen to her story. Kautsa was a wonderful storyteller who acted out the different parts with her hands, and everyone loved to listen to her stories. Kautsa shares a basket traded to her by one of their friends to the west, and tells a story about how Cedar Tree taught them basket making. A little girl requests for another one after the story ends, and Kautsa smiles that she should make her own little twine basket. Kautsa tells the girl Kaya could help her get the basket started, and offered her help if the girl got stuck.
Kautsa is at the New Years Gathering with the rest of Kaya's family. Kautsa is the one to break the news of Swan Circling's death to Kaya and comfort her, reminding Kaya they must help her spirit journey on. When Swan Circling's belongings are given away, Kautsa receives her large parfleche.