Native Americans have facial characteristics of Mongolian people including light brown skin, brown eyes and dark straight hair. The ancestors of Native Americans migrated to the American continent from northeast Asia via the Bering land bridge approximately 30,000 years ago.Continue Reading
Native Americans are indigenous inhabitants of North, Central and South America. Christopher Columbus called them "Indians" as he mistakenly believed that he had discovered the sea route to India. It is estimated that there were 90 million people living in the Americas before the Europeans arrived. This population was severely reduced by epidemic diseases, which had been unknown to Native Americans, and by war, forced labor and famine.
Although Native Americans share facial characteristics with their Asian ancestors, they have different blood types. In addition, the Native American population now includes people of mixed origins, such as European and African. As a result, skin tone varies among Native Americans and some non-Mongolian facial characteristics exist.
Furthermore, variation in physical characteristics among Native Americans can be attributed to different climates they have lived in. For instance, Native Americans of the Great Plains tend to be tall, while Native Americans in the Andes are shorter. Native Guatemalans might be short due to their low-protein diet. Native Andeans seem to have developed a larger lung capacity as they adapted to low quantities of oxygen in the mountains.Learn more about US History
Four famous Native Americans are Jim Thorpe, Maria Tallchief, Wilma Mankiller and Louise Erdrich. Other famous Native Americans include Chief Dan George, Jay Silverheels, Shania Twain, Sherman Alexie, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Will Sampson.Full Answer >
Many Native Americans live on reservations located in several of the Southwestern and Midwestern states. Some Natives, however, have fully integrated into contemporary American society and live in metropolitan cities.Full Answer >
Westward expansion resulted in Native Americans losing their native homelands and changing their culture to accommodate teachings from white settlers. It also resulted in a number of deaths among their population.Full Answer >
Native Americans do have facial hair. It is a common misconception that Native Americans do not grow facial hair. Their facial hair is scant and difficult to see on some men.Full Answer >