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.Know More
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
The Native Americans did not speak one language, but had different languages for different trips and areas. Once the Europeans arrived, many Native Americans learned to speak English to be able to communicate. By the first part of the 20th century, many natives were put into schools and forbidden to speak their native tongue.Full Answer >
On Dec. 6, 1620, the Pilgrims encountered their first Native Americans, who were hostile members of the Nauset tribe. After their first winter at Plymouth Colony, on March 16, 1621, a Native American named Samoset walked through the Pilgrims' village and spoke with them in English.Full Answer >
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 >
The French initially had a peaceful relationship with Native Americans, and they often traded with them and engaged in intermarriage. However, even though the French primarily made peaceful attempts to promote Franco culture among Native American tribes, there were occasions when they forcefully removed them from their land and employed the use of slavery.Full Answer >