Full body tattoos were common but the face was only rarely tattooed. Chiefs, warriors, priests and commoners all had different types of tattoos and a person's position in society could be read from their body art. Tattoos were for both men and women and women often achieved the status of chief.
Women were tattooed on their buttock when they reached puberty. Before being tattooed young women could only eat food from her families house.
A tattoo indicated the women was old enough for courting.