Olive Oatman – Enslaved Native American.

Olive OatmanOlive Oatman (1837 – March 20, 1903) was a woman from Illinois whose family was killed in 1851 when she was fourteen in today’s Arizona by a Native American tribe, possibly the Tolkepayas (Western Yavapai), who captured and enslaved her and her sister and later sold them to the Mohave people. After several years with the Mohave, during which her sister died of hunger, she returned to the white world, five years after being carried off.

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Both Olive and her sister were tattooed on their chins and arms in keeping with the tribal custom for those who were tribal members. Olive later claimed that she was tattooed to mark her as a slave of the Mohaves, but this is inconsistent with the Mohave tradition in which such marks were given only to their own people to ensure that they would have a good afterlife.


Source: (www.tattooarchive.com)

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