The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman

Written by:
Margot Mifflin
Narrated by:
Kaipo Schwab

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2016
6 hours 47 minutes
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. Orphaned when her family was brutally killed by Yavapai 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.
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Alaina M.

wanted to hear more about her story but most of it was about others books

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The topic seemed very interesting but there is very little about the actual subject. The author shares extreme amounts of details about other travelers and family members but very little about the main subject. The author ping pongs around wildly from person to person and time frame to time frame. It may not be as difficult to read if you are reading a print text and can skim through, but as a listener...I could not listen for more than 10 to 15 minutes at a time before setting it down and then finally counting it as money lost.

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