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Q: What is the original hair color of the Cherokee
Indian tribe? What do they
consider their skin color to be. I know they
consider their nationality to
be Native American, but what do they consider their
skin color to be? I have a friend whose hair color is light brown,
his skin is lighter than mine. My skin color is
olive and I know my grandmother was full Cherokee
Indian, from North
Carolina. The only thing that contributes to his
nationality is he has high
cheek bones. I'm sure he has Indian in him, but he
gets upset if you say anything else.
I'm not sure exactly what your question is. Yes, there
is and has always been variation among skin tones and
hair color in the Americas, just as there is in Africa or Europe. Some
people are naturally lighter skinned and others are darker skinned.
This was already true when European colonists first arrived here.
Nowadays the variation among Native Americans is even greater
than it once was because of intermarriage
(with both white and black people).
I think I'd advise you not to get into arguments with
your friends over who is "more Indian" based on who
has darker skin. It isn't surprising that this is making
people upset. In particular, the statement "the only
thing that contributes to his nationality is his high
cheekbones" is very inaccurate. The only thing that
contributes to anyone's nationality is their parents,
their grandparents and the culture they were raised
in. You don't get your ethnicity from a facial
feature, you get a facial feature from your ethnicity.
Best of luck!
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