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The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman…

The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman (Women in the West) (2009)

by Margot Mifflin

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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.… (more)

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In 1851 Olive Oatman a thirteen-year old traveling west with her Mormon family was captured by Native American tribes. Within a decade, she was a white Indian with a chin tattoo, caught between cultures. She was fully assimilated and perfectly happy when, at nineteen, she was ransomed back to white society. The pain of her ruptured childhood lasted a lifetime.
  JRCornell | Dec 7, 2018 |
I didn't know anything about Olive Oatman and I'm very glad this book was my first exposure. Well researched and documented, it gave both the modern insight as well as the historical perspective. My favorite part was the ending, a letter in Olive's own hand. ( )
  lissabeth21 | Oct 3, 2017 |
The story starts out well and caught my interest until Olive rejoins the Whites. From this point the author seems to get bogged down.

Olive and her brother are captured by Native Americans as children and sold into slavery. Olive is bought as a 'replacement' for a Native American that was killed by the whites in the area. She assimilates into the Native American life and is soon tattooed, showing that they accept her as one of them. She manages to to escape and returns to life in the white world, but part of her remains with her captors. ( )
  wearylibrarian | Jul 31, 2017 |
Meticulously researched, this book sheds new light on the story of Olive Oatman and the Mohave tribe. There were parts of the book that I skimmed through, but some parts really captured my attention including the discussion of how Olive's story was appropriated (mainly by men) into popular culture and literature of the day, as well as a discussion of tattooing practices in early America. ( )
  kqueue | May 18, 2017 |
Women's history author, journalist, and professor, Margot Mifflin, expands her research into this easily listenable tract about the life of Olive Oatman. In 1851, thirteen year old Olive was traveling west with her family when they were set upon by Yavapai Indians, she escaped the slaughter only to be taken hostage. Later traded to the friendly Mohaves she was raised as one of their own and even had her face tattooed as a symbol of belonging. She spent several happy years living among them until she was forced to return to white society and re-assimilate. Permanently branded, she was seen as an oddity and her childhood trauma and facial tattoo caused her celebrity status. Meticulously researched this true tale of wild west lore will captivate readers. For such a brutally fascinating glimpse into history, it reads remarkably light and may even interest teen readers and listeners as well. Wonderfully narrated by the talented voice actor, Kaipo Schwab, this story flows fast and compels listeners to keep listening. A must read for fans of wild west lore, women's history, and tattooing. - Erin Cataldi, Johnson Co. Public Library, Franklin, IN ( )
  ecataldi | May 16, 2016 |
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To Mark and Thea Dery, who traveled with me -- at the dinner table and through the desert.
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In the early 1850s, Olive Oatman was a typical pioneer girl heading west on a wagon train full of Mormons in seach of gold and God.
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