The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman

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A finalist for the 2010 Caroline Bancroft History Prize, The Blue Tattoo is the first modern biography of Olive Oatman, a white pioneer who was raised by Mohave Indians in the 1850s. It was a 2009 Southwest Book of the Year,  a 2010 Best of the Best from the University Presses (ALA) selection, a 2014 One Book Yuma read, and a 2019 Tucson Weekly “40 Essential Arizona Books” pick. The TLS called it “An important and engrossing book, which reveals as much about the appetites and formulas of emerging mass culture as it does about tribal cultures in nineteenth-century America.”


“Margot Mifflin has written a winner… The Blue Tattoo offers quite intense drama along with thorough scholarship.”
Elmore Leonard