Tattoos in Virginia & Florida
In 1593, Captain John Smith
wrote that the natives of Virginia and Florida had "their legs, hands, breasts
and faces cunningly embroidered with diverse marks, such as beasts and serpents,
artificially wrought into their flesh with black spots".
One of the best examples of North American tattooing was recorded in an oil
painting of Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pieth Tow, painted in 1710 by British artist John
Verelst. Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pieth Tow was one of four Mohawk chiefs who visited
London in 1710, as part of a delegation that visited Queen Anne.
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