The Blue Tattoo

The Blue Tattoo

The Life of Olive Oatman

Book - 2009
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Tells the harrowing story of this forgotten heroine of frontier America. Orphaned when her family was brutally killed by Yavapai Indians, Oatman lived as a slave to her captors for a year before being traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their own. She was fully assimilated and perfectly happy when, at nineteen, she was ransomed back to white society.
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2009.
ISBN: 9780803211483
0803211481
Branch Call Number: BIO OATMAN MIFFLIN
Characteristics: xi, 261 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.

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lilypad_1
Jun 20, 2017

I think this author has shown every which way Olive Oatman could have felt during each of the radical changes of circumstances in her life in a way that seems almost impossible to know. He also gave, in vivid detail, how each of the tribes differ, humanizes them and lets us know they would feel and treat their captives.
To think that this was only around 150 years ago and look at the changes in this country makes it just absolutely amazing. The fact that we have lost the respect for nature and spiritual aspect of these cultures is our loss.

JCLEmilyD Mar 29, 2017

This is a very fascinating story of Olive Oatman who's family was massacred on their way west during the gold rush. Olive and her sister are spared death but remain captives to a local Indian tribe, they are later traded to a different tribe where Olive (her sister died during this time) remained nearly five years. The author works very hard to stream together that correct facts about Olive's life, a difficult task due to vast number of conflicting accounts. A fascinating and rather quick read for a biography.

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mawall
Aug 10, 2015

Worth the read. Interesting book.

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