Olive Oatman: The Girl With The Blue Tattoo

By | October 1, 2019

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Olive Oatman was given a face tattoo during her time with the Mohave Indians in the 1800s. Source: (exploringyourmind.com)

The frontier story of Olive Oatman enthralled the country when it happened in the mid-1800s, and it's still a source of fascination today. It's not the kidnapping of the teenage girl by Native Americans that makes the story so interesting. It was the permanent reminder of her ordeal that she was left with: a blue tattoo on her face. Let's look at the inspiring story of Olive Oatman. 

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Like many other Mormon families, the Oatman family traveled west seeking a better home. Source: (history.churchofjesuschrist.org)

Olive Oatman, the Pioneer

Olive Oatman was one of seven children born to Royce and Mary Oatman of Illinois. In 1850, the entire Oatman family traveled to the American southwest along with other members of the Mormon religion. Along the way, there were some disputes, and the Oatmans struck out on their own. They made it to the Gila River at a point about 90 miles from present-day Yuma, Arizona, where the family was attacked.