Lozen of the Apaches, 1840-1890
Lozen was a Chiricahua Apache, who made it clear from a very early age that she was not interested in the traditional role of wife and mother. As European settlers encroached on Apache lands, Lozen joined ranks with her brother Victorio, a prominent chief, to protect themselves and raid the pioneers' settlements. She became invaluable to the Apaches — equally skilled with guns, medicine, and prophesy —and she eventually fought alongside none other than Geronimo. Victorio called her "his right hand" and "a shield to her people." Pictured: Chiricahua medicine camp.