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.
McWilliams, John P. Against the Wind: Courageous Apache Woman. New York: Page, 2016.
Wikipedia, “Lozen,” at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lozen