Dare to Ask: Do Native Americans have...

Dare to Ask: Do Native Americans have facial and body hair?

There are 109 comments on the Florida Times-Union story from Jul 29, 2009, titled Dare to Ask: Do Native Americans have facial and body hair?. In it, Florida Times-Union reports that:

This may seem a silly and ignorant question to those who are Native American , but do Native Americans have facial and body hair? Recently, I met a man who said he was 100 percent Native American but who had heavy beard stubble and very hairy arms.

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Lexington, NC

#109 Sep 7, 2013


INDIAN HAIR: A touchy subject that most American Indian's with straight Caucasian "like " hair have no clue of how it came about.
Hair texture and paper work don't make you Indian, BLOOD makes you Indian. People are still hung up on this Indian hair belief.
Did you know that the Caucasian like straight hair most people are still stuck on comes from centuries, 500+ years, of rape and constant assimilation of Native peoples. The reservation system contains Indian people with that exact mixed hair type and they are all having children with each other, and also with whites as well thru marriage... so of course that kind generational mixing of genetics will bring about this so called Indian hair most speak of, and of course it would dominate reservation Indians, and the minds of those who really don't know better. There is constant intermarrying of close genes in areas where you have the same people with similar hair genes, and that situation is the result that has become popular in defining American Indian characteristics based what the genes have done due to close mixing with each other and having white ancestry. The only thing that hasn't changed in over those 500+ years is the fact American Indians remain a people of color.

Also much to most people's surprise DNA testing can't prove or disprove Indian Heritage.

"While DNA can prove direct ancestry or linage, it can't prove race or ethnicity. The reason for this is that human beings are so much alike, and have had genetic mixtures for so long even the most defining racial or ethnic traits are found in almost every human family. Skin color, facial structure, hair and eye color, all things that are use to define race or ethnicity lose definition when traced as part of a DNA analyst. There is no gene that can accurately define an American Indian for instance, because many of the so-called defining characteristics are genetically identical to many Asians and African Americans. Even so-called ethnic diseases don't do much to identify individuals either. There are always exceptions that prove the rule doesn't hold up. Sickle Cell Anemia for example, thought to be a disease of Black individuals is found as a genetic trait and disease throughout the Mediterranean

Human DNA study shows that there is no "gene" or combination of genes that are absolute in predicting anything. While possible genes for aggressive behavior have been isolated, they are found in criminals, and successful businessmen alike. It seems the more we isolate and identify traits the more we have to take into account environmental factors to explain the diversity of outcomes."
Svnoyi Waya

Dublin, CA

#110 Jan 6, 2014
It doesn't matter what heritage, culture or "race" you come from everyone can grow body or facial hair. I have found and come across native american picture's back in the day with beards and some body hair, the blackfoot native american tribe is known for being the hairiest of the native american tribe's. I am almost 25 yr's old, and just barely grew some chest hair, not much but some, and I can only grow a mustache a goatee, I cannot grow a beard. my father is 53 yrs. old and still cannot grow a beard, he is of cherokee descent, and my mother is of Cherokee, blackfoot and Italian descent, yet still I do not grow alot of facial or body hair, even the hair on my legs is sparse, my hair on my arms isn't alot and it's thing, my facial hair is thin and sparse. I am of cherokee, blackfoot and Italian descent. and my skin isn't super dark but it isn't white neither, the point is it doesn't matter on your heritage, it depends on your genetics, Becuz I know of a full elder native american woman who was born with strawberry blonde hair and blue eye's, I also know of a full Navajo who is able to grow a beard and has more body hair then I do.... see it depends.
Real Truth

Tokyo, Japan

#111 Jan 6, 2014
The American Indians have lots of racial mixtures due to interacting with Whites, Blacks, Latino, and other groups.

And there are many American Indian tribes. So to begin with, the American Indian was a diverse group of different tribes.

And the range of the Indian was beyond just the U.S. There are Indians in Canada, Mexico, the rest of South America. Numerous different tribes of Indians with slightly different genetic heritages.

The only way to have gotten a clear genetic and "racial" picture of the American Indian would be to go BACK 1,000 years into the PAST. Clearly that isn't possible. And even then, you are dealing with many DIFFERENT Indian tribes.

America is a country of racial diversity and there are many racial mixtures. So looking for "pure" Indians, pure Whites, pure Blacks, pure anything is a WASTE of time.
Real Truth

Tokyo, Japan

#112 Jan 6, 2014
It's really better to think in terms of ETHNIC group, as opposed to "racial group". There is 1 race, and that is the HUMAN race. That is why we can all intermix and interbreed with each other.

Humans have adapted different characteristics based on geography and environment. And there is MASSIVE cross over in terms of characteristics.

The 3 standard "racial groups" of White, Black, and Asian is a very old and poor system. Which is furthermore corrupted with pseudo-scientific claims of numerous races. Like Nordic, etc... Or, with nationalities calling themselves a race, as in the "Japanese race", etc...

Tribes and ethnic groups are better terms to use. And an ethnic group or tribe can be composed of different racial/genetic mixes.
Anal Andy

Columbus, OH

#114 May 3, 2014
The women have beards.


#116 May 3, 2014
I'm Ainu and my beards are awesome.
My Yamato Japanese boss always scolds me to cut my beards. He doesn't know I'm Ainu, so he considers me lazy.

Asians have no beards and they consider it dirty. But beards are a manly symbol. Why they cannot recognize it?

United States

#117 May 5, 2014
My baby was born with a beard.

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#119 May 5, 2014
Then high-five Ainu! My body hair grows really fast and so does my head hair. I have to shave once per week or two before it grows a centimeter, and I need to cut my hair every month or two before it becomes too thick.

Your employer or boss shouldn't complain on how you look. Your hair is part of you and he should not have complained one bit.

Hyderabad, India

#120 Nov 15, 2014
hey justin beiber doesn`t has any hair on his face or anywhere ........why?
please do say this? i need the answer

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