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Olive Oatman

Born: 1837

Death: Mar 20, 1903

Birthplace: Illinois

Nationality: United States

Olive Oatman

Date of Birth : 1837
Date of Death : Mar 20, 1903
Birth Place : Illinois

Olive Oatman was a woman from Illinois whose family was killed in 1851, when she was fourteen, in today's Arizona by a Native American tribe, possibly the Tolkepayas; they captured and enslaved her and her sister and later sold them to the Mohave people. After several years with the Mohave, during which her sister died of hunger, she returned to American society, five years after being carried off. In subsequent years, the tale of Oatman came to be retold with dramatic license in the press, in her own "memoir" and speeches, novels, plays, movies and poetry. The story resonated in the media of the time and long afterward, partly owing to the prominent blue tattooing of Oatman's face by the Mohave. Much of what exactly occurred to her during her time with the Native Americans remains unknown.


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