Working on some nocturnes for the graphic novel.
After five years as a captive, Olive Oatman had settled into life among the Mojaves and, by some accounts had started a family. All that was yanked away from her when a Qeuchan (Yuma) tribesman, named Francisco, showed up and threatened the Mojaves with annihilation if they didn't give her up. After initially turning down the offer the Mojaves finally, and reluctantly, agreed to let her go.
Stunned by the turn of events, Olive walked down by the river, all her bridges burning behind her.
When she left the Mojave Valley, she and her escorts made her way to Fort Yuma 250 miles away (by her account she had to swim through 10 different times through the narrows of the Colorado). Once "liberated" she found herself thrust into a crazy celebrity that bordered on freak status, and her appearances took on an almost carnival, freak show vibe. As her fame grew from the best-selling book and the appearances, her celebrity in Arizona and along the Colorado grew and grew. Here is map of Arizona from 1866 showing the areas where her family traveled and where she was taken captive, by the Yavapais and then traded to the Mojaves (upper left):