Q: My dad said I am a Blackfoot Indian.
I just met my dad so I don't know much about him.
He has dark skin and hair, he looks Indian
and his dad looks REALLY Indian but I look like my
mom, blond & blue eyes, but my face looks like his and
my body shape. It's just weird, I wanted to
look like my dad, how did this happen? I thought
the dark skin is supposed to come out more?
A: Hi... well, I'm no geneticist, but I believe features
like blue eyes, light skin, and blond hair are
recessive, so although they may come out less than
darker features, they still come out sometimes.
Maybe your father's mother or one of his grandparents
had a light complexion like you. If you've ever been to
a reservation, you know that some Indians have lighter skin and
some have darker skin, just like any other people. This was
always true, but even more so now that many Indians
have intermarried with white or black people. If it
were me I wouldn't worry about it. Not everyone looks
like their father. It shouldn't affect your relationship with him.