Amazing Life of Olive Oatman

@Corbin5 (85396)
United States
January 12, 2018 11:25am CST
Olive Oatman looks very strange due to the blue tattoo on her chin. Olive also had tattoos on her arms. In 1851, 14-year-old Olive and her little sister were captured by Southwest Indians, possibly the Yavapais, when the wagon train with which her family traveled was attacked by the Yavapais. After a year of living with the Yavapais, Olive and her sister were part of a trade with the Mohave Indians. Both girls were adopted by the Mohave. It was common for Mojave women to wear chin tattoos and tattoos on other parts of their bodies to ensure their passage into the afterlife. “Oach." was the name given to Olive by the Mojave Indians. Olive did say in many interviews that she loved the Mojave Indians. Olive was ransomed back to the US government when she was 19 years old. Olive eventually married a rancher, a very wealthy one, and the couple adopted a child. Olive and her husband lived in Sherman, Texas. Olive did suffer from depression and severe headaches while living with her husband and child, and some authorities believe Olive was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Olive Oatman's story is an interesting one, however, stories regarding Olive's capture and life with the Mojave do vary.
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@BelleStarr (33978)
• Portland, Connecticut
12 Jan
What an amazing, since I have ancestors who were captured by Native Americans and their families killed it hits pretty close to home.
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
12 Jan
Oh, yes. You have a very strong connection to this story.
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@RasmaSandra (14041)
• Riga, Latvia
12 Jan
Thank you for sharing this fascinating story. I know I have heard of Indians kidnapping children and the children become Indians and never know they had another life. She was lucky the US government got here back.
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
12 Jan
I think she missed the Mojave who treated her so well. Plenty of mother-like figures among the Mojave for Olive.
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@Shiva49 (10691)
• Singapore
13 Jan
@Corbin5 I have heard of captives developing a deep bond with even their tormentors - siva
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@MALUSE (33751)
• Denmark
13 Jan
It's not said that she was happier when she moved back to her white family.
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• Preston, England
12 Jan
fascinating - never heard of her before
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
12 Jan
I stumbled across her photo and I just had to learn more about her.
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• Preston, England
13 Jan
@Corbin5 it would have parke my curiosity too
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12 Jan
I remember reading about this sometime in the past. It truly is fascinating stuff. She must have been quite the local celebrity and that in itself must have been difficult for her after what she went through, even if the Mojave did treat her quite well.
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
12 Jan
Yes, I wondered how difficult it would have been for her once she no longer lived with the Mojave.
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• United States
14 Jan
@Corbin5 I've read this before, and it's so interesting. It reminds me of Cynthia Parker, who was captured as a child and married an Indian chief, but she loved her life with the Indians and never really fit back into non-Indian society when captured. Her son was Quanah Parker.
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
14 Jan
Thank you for mentioning Cynthia Parker. Will do some research on her. It is sad that Olive, and Cynthia, had such a hard time fitting into society after their experiences.
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• United States
14 Jan
@Corbin5 They grew to love their Indian existence, and I wish they could have stayed where they were happiest.
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
15 Jan
@misunderstood_zombie I agree, my friend.
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@amadeo (51440)
• United States
12 Jan
that is pretty scary there.
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
12 Jan
I felt the same way when I first saw her photo.
@amadeo (51440)
• United States
12 Jan
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@Kandae11 (29297)
13 Jan
I usually see the Indian tattoos on the forehead and under and around the eyes - this one looked rather strange. From what I have read , women who were rescued from Indian camps were not all treated well after their return home. Kidnapping in any period of time is terribly traumatic for the victim.
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
13 Jan
I do believe Olive suffered deeply due to her rescue.
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@LeaPea2417 (16155)
• Toccoa, Georgia
13 Jan
I never heard of this story. Very interesting, thanks for sharing.
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
13 Jan
I really enjoyed researching her life.
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@andriaperry (36266)
• Anniston, Alabama
13 Jan
Very interesting! I was wondering about those tats on the face when I seen the phto
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
13 Jan
It really is a picture that is a bit of a startle.
@averygirl72 (15689)
• Philippines
13 Jan
Interesting real life story but it also seem a sad story
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
13 Jan
I did enjoy learning about her. You are right it was a sad story.
@JudyEv (104021)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
That's an interesting story. It would be easy to believe Olive had PTSD.
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
13 Jan
The trauma she suffered definitely would affect the rest of her life.
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@JohnRoberts (42425)
• Los Angeles, California
12 Jan
There was a female character on the TV series Hell on Wheels was made up with a similar tattoo.
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
12 Jan
I did not know that. Perhaps Olive was the inspiration.
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@jstory07 (59922)
• Roseburg, Oregon
12 Jan
Very interesting facts about her,
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
12 Jan
She is an interesting woman. It was fun researching her story.
@TRBRocks420 (64721)
• Banks, Oregon
12 Jan
Very interesting to hear this. I never knew about the face tattoos.
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
12 Jan
I wasn't aware that the Mojave women had face tattoos.
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@vandana7 (57815)
• India
12 Jan
Would love to meet Mojave Indians if they are nice. But sad that they should have come up with tattoos on faces. Wonder why that custom came about.
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
12 Jan
The Mojave treated Olive and her sister quite well. The tattoos are to ensure that the wearer will make it to the afterlife after they die.
@MsBooklover (2364)
• United States
12 Jan
I have never heard of this story before. It is definitely worth sharing.
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
12 Jan
It was interesting to research her life. There is a book and a movie regarding Olive, and I did not know that either.
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• United States
12 Jan
@Corbin5 Our society is wrapped up in certain kinds of people that they forget that is a big world.
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
12 Jan
@MsBooklover Very true, my friend.
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@Starla_9 (262)
• United Kingdom
12 Jan
Very interesting Thankyou for sharing this @corbin5 :)
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
12 Jan
I had a great time researching her life.
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@Starla_9 (262)
• United Kingdom
12 Jan
@Corbin5 a lady called baba vanga is also very interesting, I researched her a while ago, very intriguing.
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
12 Jan
@Starla_9 Will definitely look her up!
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@nitirrbb7 (1732)
• India
15 Jan
I am sure the Indians mentioned were Red Indians and not we Indians
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
15 Jan
Yes, they were red Indians from the Southwest USA.
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@nitirrbb7 (1732)
• India
15 Jan
@Corbin5 Oh the Red Indians are they still there in the Southwest USA.
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@silvermist (16764)
• India
13 Jan
This is the first time I am hearing about Olive.What a fascinating story.Thank you for sharing.
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
13 Jan
I thought it was a very interesting story too.
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@silvermist (16764)
• India
17 Jan
@Corbin5 Yes,it sounds very interesting.
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@CoralLevang (16204)
• United States
13 Jan
Fascinating story! Thank you for sharing it!
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@Corbin5 (85396)
• United States
13 Jan
You are welcome. Very interesting to do the research regarding Olive.
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@CoralLevang (16204)
• United States
13 Jan
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