The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman

6 CDs. 6:30 hrs. Tantor. Apr. 2016. ISBN 9781515904908. $37.99. digital download. BIOG
Mifflin (English, Lehman Coll., CUNY) here describes the life of Olive Oatman. In 1851, 13-year-old Olive was traveling west with her family when they were set upon by members of the Yavapai tribe. She escaped the slaughter only to be taken hostage. Later, she was traded to Mohaves, who raised her as one of their own and even had her face tattooed as a symbol of belonging. She spent several happy years living with them until she was forced to return to white society and reassimilate. Meticulously researched, this tale will captivate listeners. Kaipo Schwab provides a wonderful narration, keeping the story flowing quickly and compelling audiences to keep listening.
VERDICT A must-listen for fans of women's history, stories of the Wild West, and tattooing. May be of interest to teens as well as adults. ["Recommended for general readers as well as students and scholars": LJ 4/1/09 review of the Univ. of Nebraska hc.]

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