5a.14 Adena Ornaments
The Adena people may have painted or tattooed designs on their bodies just as many historic Indians did. In Ontario, Huron men in the 17th and 18th centuries painted their bodies before going into battle or taking part in public functions. They also endured the pain of using needles or sharp thorns to tattoo detailed serpents, eagles, and other designs into their skin. In the Southeast, the men commonly painted their faces and bodies, while both men and women were tattooed, as can be seen in the drawings by John White. Creek and Cherokee warriors often tattooed images of the sun on their chests and pictures of plants and animals on other parts of their bodies.
Image Number: I-HI-OZ-03-tattoo