Midnight Braids is Yakari's mother and wife of Bold Gaze. She is the Tribe's foremost healer, having learned the arts of healing from her mother, and she passes on what she knows to Yakari and his friend Rainbow.
On one occasion, when Tribe Elder Speedy Turtle fell ill, Midnight Braids and Yakari rode off to find the rare Prairie Star Flower to heal her. During the trip, Midnight Braids saw Yakari with the Buffalo and Bees, and suspected he could speak with them. Although she didn't confirm it, she felt "a mother doesn't have to know all of her son's secrets."
Luckily, they found the flowers and returned home to heal Speedy Turtle.
Her horse is a mare named Fire and Ice.