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Olive Oatman1838 -1903
In 1851, while on their way to California, a band of Tonto Apache masquerading as Puma
Indians entered the Oatman family camp. After a few uneasy minutes, the Indians pulled out war clubs and
with the exception of Olive, Mary Ann and Lorenzo, massacred the Oatman family. Brother Lorenzo's near
dead body was thrown off a cliff with his dying mother, and listened to her sobbing while she and her newborn baby died.
Olive and Mary Ann Oatman were kidnapped,used as slaves, and a year later traded to
Mohave Chief Espaniol for two horses, some vegetables, several pounds of beans and three blankets.
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Indians in the Moajve Desert