When we try and picture Olive Oatman as she probably appeared during her captivity with the Mojaves, we tend to think of her as Nancy Drew out on a lark—you know—like this:
In reality, when she was brought back to Fort Yuma after five years of captivity, by one account, the commanding officer had to be shown the light skin "behind her ear" to determine if she was, in fact, a white woman. She also had trouble speaking and appeared very discombobulated and made several requests to go back.
Which brings up an interesting question: how long did it take captives to assimilate to In-din culture? Well, let's take a look at a couple examples: