The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman

The Blue Tattoo The Life of Olive Oatman In 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 Tat

  • Title: The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman
  • Author: Margot Mifflin
  • ISBN: 9780803211483
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 herIn 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.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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    1. Margot Miffln is an author and journalist who writes about women s history and the arts The author of Bodies of Subversion A Secret History of Women and Tattoo, she has written for The New York Times,The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, and Salon Mifflin is a professor in the English Department of Lehman College of the City University of New York CUNY , and co directs the Arts and Culture program at CUNY s Graduate School of Journalism, where she also teaches Her book, The Blue Tattoo The Life of Olive Oatman, was published by University of Nebraska Press in 2009 A third edition of Bodies of Subversion was published by Powerhouse Books in January, 2013.

    2. Truth be told, the excerpt on the cover told the story better than the 209 pages of text. What’s touted as the biography of “a thirteen-year old pioneer traveling west toward Zion, with her Mormon family”(teaser on cover) is written with an obvious anti-Mormon sentiment. The Oatman family are actually “Brewsterites”, a group headed by James Colin Brewster, a self-proclaimed prophet, determined to start his own church after disagreeing with the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of [...]

    3. I happened on the cover picture in a blog recently, and like many people, immediately thought "Hey, that's the tattoo from Hell on Wheels". Apparently the character's tattooing in that series was borrowed explicitly from Olive Oatman's. It's ironic that the TV character was a prostitute, as the Oatman's history as a captive of the Yavapai and Mohave raised questions about her sexuality in her own time. Olive Oatman was a 14-year-old member of a Mormon splinter group. Her family was killed by Yav [...]

    4. One of the first things which struck me about Margot Mifflin’s The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman (Women in the West) was the title. Why is a book which is supposed to be about the life of a woman called, “The Blue Tattoo”? Was this deliberate? Has the individual woman’s identity become so lost or submerged behind the ink of her facial markings that she has all but disappeared? Or has the author simply failed to find or portray her? These and other questions intrigued me almost as [...]

    5. I thought this was an incredibly interesting read! I first learned about Olive Oatman from a post on Instagram, and it lead me to this book. The writing style was informative, but light enough to make it a pretty quick read. I felt that Mifflin did a lot of research and I can't wait to look into some of the sources listed in the bibliography. My only real complaint is that I wish she had included some photographs of people she was describing, or, if there weren't any photographs available, that [...]

    6. Olive Oatman was my great grandfather's cousin. Her family was massacred while traveling to California, and Olive and her sister were held captive. Years later, she was returned to white society. I grew up with this story, but recently several new books have been written about her. This one is supposed to be really good!

    7. History, cultural anthropology, and an interesting true story all combined into one. What makes this book really good is that the author has done much research and has exposed some falsehoods that are presented in other books, especially the one written by Stratton.In 1851, a family heads out to California in a prairie schooner. They are attacked and killed by Apache Indians, leaving only their two daughters, Olive and Mary Ann, who the Apaches then take back to their tribe and enslave. For a ma [...]

    8. Olive Oatman's story is fascinating. However, it was hard for me to get past the author's opinions and agenda to really enjoy it. I didn't like that her disdain for religion came through in little digs here and there. It was extremely well researched, but read like an academic paper with an agenda. In fact, I had to laugh at the irony that the preacher who published Olive's story and took so much liberty with her story to insert his own morality and political views really was no different from t [...]

    9. The moment I saw Olive Oatman's photo and learned that her husband burned every copy of her "auto"biography (co/ghostwritten by an anti-American Indian Methodist minister), I knew I had to read more about her. This book is a great starting point. With a clear and easy-to-read style, the author cites plenty of sources and gives a very thorough overview of her life, positing very plausible theories about the parts of her story that are unknown. I appreciated the way the author handles conflicting [...]

    10. I didn't know that "women in captivity" was an entire genre of 19th century writing. The first such book was 'A True History of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson," and was actually the first American bestseller in 1682. It was the story of a preacher's wife who spent 11 weeks in captivity among the Narragansett Indians in 1675. Times haven't changed: a great story sells.This particular history is among many of the written stories and versions of Olive Oatman, many fictionaliz [...]

    11. Very disappointing.I enjoyed the (short) story part but didn't expect the dissertation on the various other books pertaining to Olive Oatman. This author spent more time tearing about the other books as not believable and spent a lot of time on Stratton, the preacher who "helped" write Olive's own story, explaining in depth how the autobiographical account was half truths and Stratton's beliefs rather than Olive's actual feelings and experiences. I'd also guess the footnotes, citations, referenc [...]

    12. I really liked this book and found it absolutely fascinating. While reading it, I'd come home from work, pass by the kitchen, go straight to my chair and pick up reading where I left off. It's a fascinating, easy to read book that one can finish in a few days. It was also a nice distraction from my post holiday/January blues. (No pun intendedI guess MY blue tattoo in January is on my spirit, so maybe the timing of this reading was very appropriate.)There's no element in this story that is not ab [...]

    13. I read this book in one day. At about 200 pages (209 to be precise), and a smooth writing style, it's not particularly hard - in fact, it's almost harder to put it down. Mifflin puts together her narrative effortlessly, every page drawing you in to the next chapter of Olive's life. Having lived in AZ nearly my entire life, it was sort of unbelievable that I had never heard of her story or of the Native Americans who used to live there - I was very glad to find this book as my introduction and gu [...]

    14. This is my favorite type of biography because it tells one person's amazing story couched in a larger historical and social perspective. Olive Oatman's tale is a fascinating account of one woman's adaptability and courage in the wild west, a strange frontier where women were expected to have great fortitude but still maintain their Victorian purity and gentleness. As the first tattooed white woman in America, she walked the fine line between being a heroic victim and an Indian-loving freak. Edit [...]

    15. Very interesting Tattoos are an interesting subject themselves but given the extra background, circumstances and time period - well!! Now I'd like to read Mifflin's other book on tattoos - this book has made me more curious. Mifflin has done a ton of research and has enough references to make this almost text book-likebut I found it to much more interesting than your average text book. And as nearly anything I read that has anything to du with Native Americans, I'm sad, sad, sad.

    16. Captivity sounds like an old concept, something that happened in a time so far away that it doesn't seem possible. To capture someone and take them away to a culture and place that is so foreign that everything is new and unknown. Olive's story is one of acceptance and a determination to survive in an environment that is so totally strange to her, she learns to adapt in ways that will imprint on her soul and face in ways that when she is re assimilated into American culture she never totally bec [...]

    17. This is the facinating, haunting, and true story of Olive Oatman a young Mormon girl, while traveling with her family towards Zion, who was abducted into slavery by a band of Yavapai Indians. All but three of her nine family members were murdered by Indians. Following the murders of her family, she and her sister Mary were taken hostage only to be sold to another tribe where she was adopted as daughter into a Mohave family.Mary and Olive assimilated into the Mohave lifestyle after four years. Si [...]

    18. Since I have a pretty strict standard for 5 stars (see: Name of the Wind; that sets my standard), this was a struggle - I wanted to give it 4.5 stars because I split hairs like that, but in the end the 5-star rating won out. This is a sympathetic and highly informative account of Olive Oatman's life, and also summarizes other accounts written about her (without getting bogged down in them). It also touches on the Other status of natives, women, those with tattoos, etc in society in the mid 1800s [...]

    19. After Olive leaves the Mohave tribe, we only hear about them again when Irataba goes East. I would have appreciated a look at what the tribe was doing throughout the entire story (which yes I know would have made the book longer, but it would have added to my understanding. If, as Mifflin states, Olive considered herself a Mohave - which we'll never know truthfully - then wouldn't it be nice to know what her tribe was undergoing?)Also, I kind of feel as if we're not hearing Olive's story. There' [...]

    20. This book tells two stories – one is the story of Olive Oatman's life and the second is the story of how others used her life story for their own purposes. Heading west with her parents and siblings in 1851, Olive saw her family murdered and was taken captive by native tribes. Five years later she was "rescued" and returned to white American society. As much as possible, Mifflin carefully disentangles what actually happened to Olive from the numerous books and legends about her and then analyz [...]

    21. Coincidences:1. Olive's blue tattoos. I was totally unaware of her story when I decided on blue as my tattoo color. I am now heavily tattooed, in blue.2. Olive's family was Mormon. I was raised Mormon. I had no idea there was ever a sect called the Brewsterites though.3. Olive's brother ended up in El Monte at some point in the 1850s, and Olive lived with him there for a while. I don't think this is too much of a spoiler. I doubt most people find this part interesting. But my grandparents lived [...]

    22. This story was so fascinating and also so full of holes, pieces that are probably forever erased and irretrievable because of how long it's been since Olive Oatman lived (mid 1800's). Olive wasn't ever really given freedom to tell her own story, it has always been censored by men, by society, and by the reaction by white people towards anyone who has positive things to say about Native Americans. Olive's family was killed by marauding Yavapai outside Yuma, AZ and she and her younger sister were [...]

    23. This book doesn't deserve such a low rating on . This is a well thought out and executed non-fiction work that is fair and honest to all parties involved. I thought the entire story was fascinating and I enjoyed the authour's ability to draw you in and make you feel as if you were actually there. 5 stars.

    24. An interesting story but the authors historical inaccuracies made me question what other things she may have gotten wrong in the narrative. (like Olive being a Brewsterite rather than differentiating them from the Mormons, also talking about Joseph Smith's lynching when he was actually shot while in jail) Overall I was disappointed and didn't feel like I knew the subject of the book much better than before I read it.

    25. I may be judging this too harshly because I really wanted her story to mirror Eva in Hell on Wheels and it didn't. But this book was also extremely boring, it didn't give me really much more info about Olive than I had heard before.This one was just ok, quite boring.

    26. This book traces the life of Olive Oatman whose family was attacked on their way west. Only Olive and her sister were spared and they were soon after traded to the Mojave tribe where she appears to have found happiness. During her five years with this tribe, the white man crept ever closer. Although Olive was close enough to the proximity of white people she never tried to escape and when ransomed, she didn't want to leave.Her brother woke some hours after the attack and found his way to Fort Yu [...]

    27. I enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons. one of the most prominent is that history isn't just facts. History always has a bias, intentional or not. Whether it be religion, politics, culture, or anything else, reported history takes on the bias of the writer. Even though this book delves into the live of Olive Oatman, it depicts how that life was represented by those who wanted to make a buck, become famous in their own right, or how we ourselves remember our own past when influenced by the [...]

    28. Although I'm sure Mifflin's research was good I became irritated when it became clear to me that this was another book that sucks you by making you believe it will tell you the story of the subject in the title but the title subject is only a tiny thread in the book. The author basically tells Oatman's story early on--a big mistake on her part. If I hadn't known how Oatman left her Native American captors I might have plugged through all of the historical facts about Brewsterite Momrmons, variou [...]

    29. This book is very interesting! Mifflin aims to rework the historical interpretation of Olive Oatman, the first white woman to have been tattooed in the United States. Countless analysts have indicted the Mohaves she lived with, but Mifflin insists that Oatman had accultured and wanted to stay with them instead of returning to white society. The writing is overall quite readable, but some parts were difficult to follow in the sense that I wasn't sure why they were included. I'd be very interested [...]

    30. A true pleasure to read for anyone interested in Western US history. The author does a terrific job putting Olive Oatman's well-publicized captivity and then apparently willing time spent with the Mojave tribe. Don't let the nay-sayers hold you back from reading this book. It's a good one.As a side note, if you find that you enjoy this book, you might want to consider reading, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey. Equally fascinating portrayal of what it was really like to drive a team of mu [...]

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