The Iroquois women had something over on us. Instead of our suburban nuclear family huts, all isolated from one another, and the inhabitants inside all quietly, or not so quietly going mad--the Iroquois women lived in communal female groups. At odds with what the bearded white 19th-century anthropologists believed, that Native American women were beaten and downtrodden by their men--the Iroquois ladies OWNED the longhouses. OWNED. They shared work and food production and child care duties.

The Iroquois women had something over on us. Instead of our suburban nuclear family huts, all isolated from one another, and the inhabitants inside all quietly, or not so quietly going mad--the Iroquois women lived in communal female groups. At odds with what the bearded white 19th-century anthropologists believed, that Native American women were beaten and downtrodden by their men--the Iroquois ladies OWNED the longhouses. OWNED. They shared work and food production and child care duties.

Olive Oatman was 13 when she traveled with her family to California by wagon. Attacked by Indians who killed all of the family but Olive, her Sister (who later died of starvation) and her Brother (who escaped). Sold to the Mojave tribe as a slave, she was tattooed and taken in as "one of their own". She was rescued 5 yrs later. She married John Fairchild in 1860, moved to Sherman TX where she died in 1903 and was buried in West Hill Cemetery on Lamar St. in Sherman.

Olive Oatman: More Than the Girl with the Chin Tattoo

Olive Oatman was 13 when she traveled with her family to California by wagon. Attacked by Indians who killed all of the family but Olive, her Sister (who later died of starvation) and her Brother (who escaped). Sold to the Mojave tribe as a slave, she was tattooed and taken in as "one of their own". She was rescued 5 yrs later. She married John Fairchild in 1860, moved to Sherman TX where she died in 1903 and was buried in West Hill Cemetery on Lamar St. in Sherman.

“Princess Angeline,” daughter of Chief Seattle  Angeline was born around 1820 in what is today Rainier Beach in Seattle.

“Princess Angeline,” daughter of Chief Seattle Angeline was born around 1820 in what is today Rainier Beach in Seattle.

Yellowstone Kelly (circa 1870's) led an adventurous life to say the least. He was a scout, frontiersman, explorer, and Indian fighter. In the summer of 1899 he helped lead a high profile expedition to Alaska. -Courtesy Robert G. McCubbin, via True West Magazine

Yellowstone Kelly (circa 1870's) led an adventurous life to say the least. He was a scout, frontiersman, explorer, and Indian fighter. In the summer of 1899 he helped lead a high profile expedition to Alaska. -Courtesy Robert G. McCubbin, via True West Magazine

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