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161) Lozen

Chiricahua Apache Warrior and Medicine Woman who has Sometimes Been Called the Apache Joan of Arc

Born: c.1840, near present-day Ojo Caliente, New Mexico, United States of America

Died: c.1889, Mount Vernon Barracks, Alabama, United States of America

Her brother was the warrior Victorio and she allied herself with Geronimo.

Lozen had an uncanny ability of knowing where the enemy would be when forming strategies an attack. It is said she prayed to the highest Deity her people had—Ussen—for guidance; linking her to Joan of Arc (kind of).

Between 1877 and 1880 she would lose around half of her people to skirmishes with the United States and Mexican Armies.

After Geronimo’s surrender Lozen and her people were shipped to Florida and then Alabama; where she died from tuberculosis.

Her name means “dexterous horse thief.”

There is only one confirmed picture of Lozen (partial of it displayed here) and it shows her and her friend Dahteste alongside Geronimo and other captured Apache warriors.

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Located in My Personal Library:

Wild West Women: Fifty Lives That Shaped the Frontier edited by Erin H Turner

The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, The Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy who Started the Longest War in American History by Paul Andrew Hutton

The Historical Atlas of Native Americans: 150 Maps That Chronicle the Fascinating and Tragic Story of North America's Indigenous Peoples by Dr. Ian Barnes

Levi's and Lace: Arizona Women Who Made History by Jan Cleere

More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Arizona Women by Wynne Brown