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The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman

The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman (Hardback)

By Mifflin, Margot

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In 1851 Olive Oatman was a thirteen-year old pioneer traveling west toward Zion, with her Mormon family. Within a decade, she was a white Indian with a chin tattoo, caught between cultures. The Blue Tattoo tells the harrowing story of this forgotten heroine of frontier America. O...rphaned when her family was brutally killed by Yavapais 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. She became an instant celebrity, but the price of fame was high and the pain of her ruptured childhood lasted a lifetime. Based on historical records, including letters and diaries of Oatman's friends and relatives, The Blue Tattoo is the first book to examine her life from her childhood in Illinois - including the massacre, her captivity, and her return to white society - to her later years as a wealthy banker's wife in Texas. Oatman's story has since become legend, inspiring artworks, fiction, film, radio plays, and even an episode of Death Valley Days starring Ronald Reagan. Its themes, from the perils of religious utopianism to the permeable border between civilization and savagery, are deeply rooted in the American psyche. Oatman's blue tattoo was a cultural symbol that evoked both the imprint of her Mohave past and the lingering scars of westward expansion. It also served as a reminder of her deepest secret, fully explored here for the first time: she never wanted to go home.
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ISBN 9780803211483
Publisher University of New South Wales
Format Hardback
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Series Women in the West
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ISBN-13 9780803211483
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher University of New South Wales
Imprint University of Nebraska Press
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
 › 3 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Mifflin, Margot
Series Women in the West
Category Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
World History: C 1750 To C 1900
American History
Number of Pages 280
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code 979.104092;979.004972
Weight 490g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Indian captivities - History - 19th century - Southwest, New, Apache Indians - History - 19th century, Yavapai Indians - History - 19th century, Mohave Indians - History - 19th century, Oatman, Olive Ann
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade