The Curious Story of The Girl with the Tattooed Face, 1855

In 1850, Royce and Mary Oatman and their seven children left Illinois and headed West for a better life.  On the fourth day of their travels, the family was attacked by Native Americans and a young Olive and her sister, Mary Ann, were abducted.  They spent the next years as slave labor, but were ultimately traded to a group of Mohave Indians.  

Here is their story...

Upon joining the Mohave tribe, both of the girls had their chins tattooed in the customary fashion.  They didn't know at the time that any of their family members had survived the attack, much less that there would be a chance of freedom.  As such, they became an active part of the tribe...