1860s: Olive Oatman

“Olive Oatman (1837-1903) was a woman from Illinois who was abducted by a Native American tribe and sold to another tribe (the Mohave people). She regained her freedom five years later. Olive’s face was given prominent blue tattooing by her captors.”

- Wikipedia


Sources: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library / Silicon Valley History Online

5 Responses

  1. Cindy Bohli

    She must have been quite young when she was taken. In the middle photo, she looks to be about 12-14 yrs. old. Is anything more known about Ms. Oatman?

  2. Elizabeth

    There is a lot of info regarding Olive Oatman, just put her name into your favorite search engine!

  3. Jacqui

    Search the internet – there is a lot of interesting info there about Olive. Quite fascinating really.

  4. Brown Line

    “The Captivity of the Oatman Girls,”which is a contemporary account of their ordeal, can be downloaded for free from amazon.com.


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