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Ojiwe 08-06-2015 08:51 PM

Will I ever get Native American skin?
Hey, I'm 15 and born from a father who was very Native American and a very white mother. I inherited most of my features from my father, all but my skin, which is very pale. If anyone knows much about genetics, please let me know if I'll inherit his tan skin, I'd rather be seen as what I spiritually feel than a physical aspect of what I despise for the history of blood the Europeans brought to our soil. We could've raised a great nation if we never helped them and became our own world power.

AmigoKumeyaay 08-06-2015 09:26 PM


wardancer 08-06-2015 10:05 PM

Do you ever go out in the sun ?

Toolbox 08-06-2015 10:45 PM

The base color of your skin is what it is. If you go out in the sun and can actually develop a tan then it will turn dark until your body metabolizes the melanin and then it will return to the base color. If you go out into the sun and it burns and doesn't tan once it heals then invest in a good sun screen. You should be wearing sun screen anyways because everyone, regardless of color, is susceptible to skin cancer.

Jack Anderson 08-07-2015 01:54 AM

Sorry to say young man I have waited 52 years for that to happen, LMFAO I just got half bald and white haired worrying about it and one hairy face to boot. Not much you can do about the path the genes follow. Just be who you are and stay true to your soul. It wont always be easy. If possible find a mentor. People can be cruel at times but that's because they wont know if you are for real or not. Don't get discouraged. Its easy to get lost. find someone you can trust and talk with them. Stay strong true and proud and learn your history and you will be fine. Trust in the Creator.

Ndnsoldierboy 08-07-2015 05:06 PM

We just had that white woman trying to be black in here WA state. That was so lame.

Jack Anderson 08-07-2015 07:24 PM

This is different
:thumbsup:This is not the same at all. picture yourself looking in the mirror each and every day looking at a white person. that is what he has to go through every day and he is confused right now.

wyo_rose 08-11-2015 09:19 PM

You may be darker than you think!!! I always considered myself pasty white complected and been called white girl all my life. Then once I was in a college class being videoed with live feed on a monitor and I was like, "hey there's an Indian girl in this class" and here, it was me. LOL

On the other hand, I have had some young cousins and friends that seemed kinda medium dark complected when they were young, and they seemed to get lighter as they became adults.

But whatever! Eventually you just gotta accept who you are, your genetics, and how God made you! The sooner the better!

Montanaa 08-11-2015 09:48 PM

In the same boat as you right now, haha. Dark skinned mother, light skinned dad. I may have the big cheek bones, brown eyes and wide-face from my mom but I got the light skin and blonde hair from my dad.
I find it very hard to be a mixed-race. I look in the mirror and see a 'white person' but on the inside, I feel drawn to the Native American culture so I'm confused right now. I may not have any help for you but just know I understand you! 14 years old.

Try tanning maybe though?^^ I know I tan fairly easily but I never try because it takes long- but usually when I do tan it's by accident xD

C&HBrownsugar 08-11-2015 11:01 PM

I don't even look native. I look Polynesian. People from the west coast see me and know me, probably because there are so many of us. My cousin though is 1/2 Cheyenne and 1/2 Navajo and there is some French in her line and she is as pale as can be.

Not looking native? hmmm, I never have, but it's not your looks that should count but the way you are raised. I know next to nothing about my Hawaiian side, most of it, I have to read about, but being native. Man, I was raised native and I hate to say it and sound smug, but it's the greatest thing in the world.

OLChemist 08-12-2015 02:45 PM

Perhaps you need to quit looking in the mirror, except to comb your hair and brush your teeth:)

When I was younger and had just left home and my family and community, I too was very insecure around strange Natives, especially those who looked more phenotypically Indian. I was sure I was just perceived as a white woman. I spent a lot of time on hair, clothes, jewelry... All manner of external markings to announce I really was Native, not a white woman. (BTW, I look at those pictures now and just cringe.)

Then one day a full-blood gentleman approached me at powwow. He asked me to bead for him. While I worked on his outfit, I realized my grandfather, his parents, didn't sit around agonizing about being Native. They were too busy just doing it.

When I bead for my people. When I make silver. When I cook gallons of stew for the memorial. When I piece a quilt top for a funeral. Or buy things for a relative's giveaway. Or try to learn my language. Or sweep a floor. Or take a drink to an elder. Or visit the sick. Or cry with a mourner. Or pray. Then I'm Native. Not when I look in the mirror.

Being Indian is an action. It is in those things you do and the thoughts that drive them. it is in how you contribute to your family and community.

redroadbeadgirl 08-12-2015 04:09 PM

Me too
I too am one of the unlucky ones that doesn't look native. I'm half Plains Cree, but I have very green eyes (thanks Dad). I do beadwork and I'm also a photographer so I love to take pictures of Regalia. The last time I went to the Gathering of Nations, there were people of all races taking pictures all over the place, as they do every year. I never take a photo of someone without first asking permission, so I approached this very handsome man decked out in his regalia and he turned to me and said "if one more g*@ [email protected]!*d white person takes my picture I'm gonna deck somebody". I was so hurt and dumbfounded I literally burst into tears and walked out of the venue and I have never gone gone back (I live in New Mexico where the Gathering of Nations is held). That was 5 years ago.

The post from OlChemist said it better than I ever could, but there are mean people out there that will judge you by the color of your skin and assume that because you're not dark like them that you're not Indian. Indian is what you do to help your people (or if your people aren't close, then find a tribe to help, God knows they all need it). Keep your chin up and good luck.

OLChemist 08-12-2015 04:45 PM


Originally Posted by redroadbeadgirl (Post 1620347)
I never take a photo of someone without first asking permission, so I approached this very handsome man decked out in his regalia and he turned to me and said "if one more g*@ [email protected]!*d white person takes my picture I'm gonna deck somebody".

Another piece of old chick wisdom: Like all people, some Indians are just jerks. :)

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