|"I have duties to my father, to my tribe."|
|— Princess Yue to Sokka.|
Tribal Princess is the title held by the daughter of the Northern Water Tribe's chief. This title most recently belonged to Eska, the daughter of the late Chief Unalaq. In the final years of the Hundred Year War, the title was held by Yue, daughter of Chief Arnook. The princess resides in the Northern Water Tribe Royal Palace.
The Tribal Princess has questionable power and rights. Although her position grants a significant measure of cultural prominence and the ability to influence her people, it is beyond social standards for the princess to even make decisions regarding personal issues. For example, marriages are arranged, a practice that is held to high regard and considered a moral obligation for the princess. The Tribal Princess is not guided by a procession of guards or carried in a palanquin, unlike the Fire Nation Princess. However, she is often attended by a group of servants; Yue was frequently transported across the city in a boat by a waterbender.
Like the Chief himself, the Tribal Princess does not have the same power that the royalty of the Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom have, a result of the tribe's weak political structure. She is, however, a great influence to her tribe as Yue described her ceremonial role as "a duty to her people".
Known Tribal Princesses
- Katara and Sokka were the children of Hakoda, the chieftain of Wolf Cove. While Sokka claimed to be a "prince" of the Southern Water Tribe in an attempt to impress Yue, Katara found this laughable, as they were considered no more important than anyone else in the South Pole.
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- DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (November 18, 2005). "The Waterbending Master". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 18. Nickelodeon.