Feathers in the Wind

Author: Fisher, Lillian M.

Subjects: American History; Native Americans; Girl's Adventure

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 4381

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 4381S

Feathers in the Wind Cover

The story of Olive Oatman is based on fact. In 1851, when she was fourteen, her parents and all but one of her brothers were murdered by a Native American tribe. Olive and her younger sister Mary Ann were taken captive and later traded to the Mojaves. They were treated as both slaves and daughters. They learned the native language and, according to Mojave custom, had their chins tattooed. Mary Ann did not survive captivity, but Olive was rescued after four years with the help of their surviving brother Lorenzo, who had never lost hope that his sisters were alive. With Lorenzo’s help, Olive’s re-entry into white society was made easier. 

Feathers in the Wind vividly evokes the emotions and experiences of the Oatman girls and their Native American masters and families.

In Arizona today, a town in the Black Mountains near where Olive and Mary Ann lived with the Mojaves has been named Oatman in remembrance of Olive.

Lillian Fisher is an author of young people’s novels, a poet, and an artist. She lives in Alpine, California.

The story of Olive Oatman is based on fact. In 1851, when she was fourteen, her parents and all but one of her brothers were murdered by a Native American tribe. Olive and her younger sister Mary Ann were taken captive and later traded to the Mojaves. They were treated as both slaves and daughters. They learned the native language and, according to Mojave custom, had their chins tattooed. Mary Ann did not survive captivity, but Olive was rescued after four years with the help of their surviving brother Lorenzo, who had never lost hope that his sisters were alive. With Lorenzo’s help, Olive’s re-entry into white society was made easier. 

Feathers in the Wind vividly evokes the emotions and experiences of the Oatman girls and their Native American masters and families.

In Arizona today, a town in the Black Mountains near where Olive and Mary Ann lived with the Mojaves has been named Oatman in remembrance of Olive.

Lillian Fisher is an author of young people’s novels, a poet, and an artist. She lives in Alpine, California.

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