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The Captivity of the Oatman Girls Among the Apache and Mohave Indians
Riveting true-life story of two sisters taken by Indians, their life in captivity, and their brother's search for them.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 22nd 1994 by Dover Publications
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I am currently near the area where this event happened. This book was originally written in 1857, and that would explain the writing style, which can be a little difficult to read at times. It can be pretty wordy and pious, and the native peoples are portrayed as horrible heathens, and there is much attempt made to preserve the chastity of the girls. This would be pretty important in the mid 1800's. I found the book interesting to read for the historical details of the massacre and the captiviti ...more
WOW. Do you believe white Christians are the possessors of all virtue and aboriginals are lazy, savage, and useless? Unless you do, you will be highly uncomfortable with this eloquently written piece of racist crap. Normally, one sympathizes with the captives, but I found it impossible in this case. Sure, the narrators have some reasons for being so hateful, but this reads like the anti-Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West. My library's description says "this inc ...more
Olive Oatman and her younger sister were young Mormon girls that were captured by Apache Indians and later given to the Mohaves. Olive is strong and is the first recorded woman that is tattooed by her tribe. In her narrative, she speaks of the good and the bad of living with Indians and eventually becoming part of the tribe. Eventually, she is reunited with her brother whom she thought was dead and is traded back to her white civilization. After her ordeal of 5 years in captivity, she narrates t ...more
Historical nonfiction is not usually a genre I read, but I found the story of this brother and sister survivor very interesting. It was a hard book to read, as the publisher made no changes to the original transcript written in 1857. Their way of speaking and writing are difficult at times to follow, and I found myself re-reading occasional passages in order to grasp the meaning. I feel that "slogging" through this book was a worth while endeavor. To get the first-hand account of victims and cap ...more
This book was written in 1857 and recently republished with notes by University of Nebraska Press. It is the true story of an incident happening to a family on the way to California. They were most likely members of a splinter group of the LDS Church. The story is told with pathos and romanticism--typical of the era, moreover in the spirit of Manifest Destiny. The horrific events are a platform for the disregard of the Native Americans and the quest this era had for their removal. No side of the ...more
i loved reading this book, especially knowing it was a true story, an involve my family line, it tells of courage, hope, love and pain, olive ann buried her litle sister after she starved to eath, courage-- brave, being found when you have given up hope-- the love of the brother ,his searching for his sister. the heartbrake of fining her only to hear his younger sister had passed away.-- also the brother an sister traveled to new youk to try for help in emoving her scars from the blue dye on her ...more
Great story! Because I listened to the audio version, I think it was harder for me to follow. The writing style is very old-fashioned, which was so very interesting, but I think reading it in a book would be easier. The Oatman story is so tragic - it's definitely worth spending time reading about.
Members of the Oatman family were on their way to California in 1851 when they were attacked by Indians near Fort Yuma. Two girls were taken captive while everyone else was killed. The girls were captives for many years.