The New Year brought beautiful changes to the Grand Canyon National Park landscape, blanketing the park in a layer of snow and creating this picturesque winter scene. While it often snows on the North and South Rims of the Grand Canyon during winter, the New Years Storm that hit Arizona last week brought snow all the way to the bottom of the canyon (a rare occurrence for the park). Photos by National Park Service.

Top photo: The view from South Rim Historic District.

Middle photo: Sunset on New Year’s Day near Lipan Point.

Bottom photo: New Year’s Day sunset from Yavapai Point on the South Rim.

The Blue Tattoo

The Life of Olive Oatman

In 1851 Olive Oatman was a thirteen-year old pioneer traveling west toward Zion, with her Mormon family. Within a decade, she was a white Indian with a chin tattoo, caught between cultures. The Blue Tattoo tells the harrowing story of this forgotten heroine of frontier America. Orphaned when her family was brutally killed by Yavapai Indians, Oatman lived as a slave to her captors for a year before being traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their own. She was fully assimilated and perfectly happy when, at nineteen, she was ransomed back to white society. She became an instant celebrity, but the price of fame was high and the pain of her ruptured childhood lasted a lifetime.

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i woke up at 6:30 am this morning to get ready to go to school

………i haven’t done this since i was a junior in highschool…. new adjustment that I am not sure I am going to like so much… hah

even worse is that I wont get home till 9:20pm! D: longggg school days.

BETTER NEWS THO… WE START MOVING INTO OUR NEW HOUSE TODAY! yayyy (well except for me cause I’ll be in school and hour and a half away)


Olive Oatman (1837 – March 20, 1903) was a woman from Illinois who was abducted by a Native American tribe in today’s Arizona (likely the Yavapai people) when she was thirteen years old, then sold to another tribe (the Mohave people). She ultimately regained her freedom five years later. The story resonated in the media, partly owing to the prominent blue tattooing of Oatman’s face by her captors.”