Warrior Women: Lozen

Lozen (c. 1840-1889)

  • Lozen was an Apache Warrior Woman, born sometime around 1840.
  • Her childhood name was Little Sister, which later became Lozen – meaning spirited.
  • Her brother was Chief Victorio.
  • This Apache band resisted confinement on the San Carlos Reservation (Arizona) and sought refuge in Mexico.
  • Lozen fought alongside the men and accompanied Geronimo in the last campaign of the Apache Wars.  After they were forced to surrender she was taken prisoner by the U.S. military.
  • Victorio called Lozen the “shield to her people,” admiring her military strategies and skills.
  • She was a gifted horsewoman.
  • Lozen was also considered to be a Shaman or Medicine Woman.  Legend claims she could predict an enemy approach and that she had magical healing powers.  She was often called on to act as a midwife.
  • One of her famous acts of bravery was to lead her people to safety across the dangerously swollen Rio Grande River.
  • She died from tuberculosis in a military prison in Alabama.

Sources:

McWilliams, John P. Against the Wind: Courageous Apache Woman.  New York: Page, 2016.

Wikipedia, “Lozen,” at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lozen

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