Examples and information on Native American warpaint
Warpaint was an extremely important ritual part of warfar for the Native American. Different colours signified different meanings, as did the location they were painted on.
YELLOW: represented death, as it is the color of "old bones." Care should be taken not to wear a lot of yellow. Yellow paint says a warrior is ready to die and means a man has lived his life and will fight to the finish.
WHITE: was the color of peace. The White Stick villages were the peace party among the Creeks. If a group of Seminoles wore a strip of white around their red turbans, they were ready to talk truce. If Billy Bowleg wanted to parley, he made a sign of white beads and tobacco leaves on the trail leading to his camp.
Red was the color of war. The Red Stick Creeks were the warrior villages. This was especially true among the Hitchiti speakers, who formed the nucleus of the Miccosukee Seminoles. It would be painted in bands or stripes on the face, as well as on the backs of the hands and on knife handles. The Red Stick Creeks might also favor red turbans. Red war paint signifies blood
A Huron warriors warpaint. (from Last of the Mohicans)
Green worn under the eyes was supposed to empower the wearer with night vision as it makes for 'see better at night'.
Another Huron Warrior (from Last of the Mohicans)
Black was a "living" color, worn on the face to prepare for war.