She Disappeared Without A Trace In 1850, Then They Found This Years Later

She was born in Illinois in the year 1837. By 14, Olive Oatman and her family were travelling to California for a better life.

Three of the family members survived. The parents and four of the kids were killed. Olive’s brother was beaten with a club and left for dead, but he made it to a settlement eventually and recovered, carrying on the journey from there. The brother, Lorenzo, believed his entire family had been killed.


Along with her 7-year-old sister, Olive was captured by the Yavapai people. They would be sent for slavery for the tribes. They were taken 60 plus miles through the Sonoran Desert before finally reaching the village.

A group of Mohave Indians would end up visiting the village a year later. They traded two horses, vegetables, blankets and some other odds and ends, in exchange for the two girls.

The girls then became tattooed both on their chins and their arms, as this was tribal custom. It would be 1855 when there was a dire shortage of food. Many Mohaves would end up dying of starvation, and the now 10-year-old Mary Ann would also pass away from lack of food.

Olive still had no idea her brother was alive. The Mohave tribe raised her as she was one of them. Her tribal name was Oach, while her nickname was Spantsa which stood for unquenchable lust.

There were rumors that developed over the course of years that a tatted up white woman was indeed living with the Mohaves. Europeans negotiated intensely with the tribe, and finally she was set free. She arrived at her new home wearing only clothing from the waist down, which was traditional Mohave dress.


Here she is seen in her new attire, yet still her startling chin tattoos remained.


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