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Do Native Americans have facial hair?

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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.

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Many men of the central and eastern bands of Native Americans grow moustaches, and some can grow chin beards. Hair on the cheeks is scarcer and entirely absent on some men. Other Native American men can and do grow full beards, such as in the Pacific Northwest.

As a test of manhood, many tribes used a trial in which the young warrior's ability to withstand pain was tested by plucking out all the moustache and beard hairs singly. Others yanked out fistfuls of hair at a time.

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