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  • multiracialbookclub
    Historical record proves that -- contrary to popular myth -- the original indigenous people of the Americas (the Amerindians) actually had a BROWN skin
    Message 1 of 11 , Sep 11, 2005
      Historical record proves that -- contrary to
      popular myth -- the original indigenous people
      of the Americas (the Amerindians) actually had a
      "BROWN" skin complexion – not a 'red' skin complexion.

      There are a number of reasons the European invaders
      (ranging from the Conquistadors to the Colonists)
      chose to erroneously refer to them as "redskins"
      ---(and these reasons ranged from the red-colored
      paint many tribes used to color their bodies for
      ceremonies - to the 'image of blood' the invaders
      wanted people to associate with the Amerindians)
      ---nonetheless historical record shows that
      their actual original skin coloring was "BROWN"

      Examples of such historical records are found below:

      "[W]hen the Spaniards arrived on the shores of the
      Americas, they were greeted by an indigenous people
      with a "BROWN"-skin --– not a people with a "red"-skin.

      "When Columbus landed on the island of San Salvador in
      1492 he was welcomed by a BROWN-skinned people whose
      physical appearance confirmed him in his opinion that he
      had at last reached India, and whom, therefore, he called
      Indios, Indians, a name which, however mistaken in its first
      application continued to hold its own, and has long since
      won general acceptance, except in strictly scientific writing,"

      Source: http://www.americanindians.com/

      The most marked physical characteristics of
      the Indian race type are BROWN skin, dark
      brown eyes, prominent cheek bones ….

      The color is not [red], as is popularly supposed,
      but varies from very light in some tribes, as the Cheyenne,
      to almost black in others, as the Caddo and Tarimari.

      Source: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07747a.htm
    • Pamela ZAHM
      I always thought it was because of the RED earth they put on themselves... multiracialbookclub wrote:Historical record proves that --
      Message 2 of 11 , Sep 11, 2005
        I always thought it was because of the "RED" earth they put on themselves...

        multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@...> wrote:
        Historical record proves that -- contrary to
        popular myth -- the original indigenous people
        of the Americas (the Amerindians) actually had a
        "BROWN" skin complexion – not a 'red' skin complexion.

        There are a number of reasons the European invaders
        (ranging from the Conquistadors to the Colonists)
        chose to erroneously refer to them as "redskins"
        ---(and these reasons ranged from the red-colored
        paint many tribes used to color their bodies for
        ceremonies - to the 'image of blood' the invaders
        wanted people to associate with the Amerindians)
        ---nonetheless historical record shows that
        their actual original skin coloring was "BROWN"

        Examples of such historical records are found below:

        "[W]hen the Spaniards arrived on the shores of the
        Americas, they were greeted by an indigenous people
        with a "BROWN"-skin --– not a people with a "red"-skin.

        "When Columbus landed on the island of San Salvador in
        1492 he was welcomed by a BROWN-skinned people whose
        physical appearance confirmed him in his opinion that he
        had at last reached India, and whom, therefore, he called
        Indios, Indians, a name which, however mistaken in its first
        application continued to hold its own, and has long since
        won general acceptance, except in strictly scientific writing,"

        Source: http://www.americanindians.com/

        The most marked physical characteristics of
        the Indian race type are BROWN skin, dark
        brown eyes, prominent cheek bones ….

        The color is not [red], as is popularly supposed,
        but varies from very light in some tribes, as the Cheyenne,
        to almost black in others, as the Caddo and Tarimari.

        Source: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07747a.htm





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      • multiracialbookclub
        Hey -- that s a good point Pam! It certainly sounds logical to me that it would have been RED clay-earth that they used -- and not actual paint . Thanks for
        Message 3 of 11 , Sep 11, 2005
          Hey -- that's a good point Pam!

          It certainly sounds logical to me that it would have been
          "RED" clay-earth that they used -- and not actual 'paint'.

          Thanks for pointing that out. :)

          Pamela ZAHM <redheart83704@y...> wrote:

          I always thought it was because of the
          "RED" earth they put on themselves...

          multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@...> wrote:

          Historical record proves that -- contrary to
          popular myth -- the original indigenous people
          of the Americas (the Amerindians) actually had a
          "BROWN" skin complexion – not a 'red' skin complexion.

          There are a number of reasons the European invaders
          (ranging from the Conquistadors to the Colonists)
          chose to erroneously refer to them as "redskins"
          ---(and these reasons ranged from the red-colored
          paint many tribes used to color their bodies for
          ceremonies - to the 'image of blood' the invaders
          wanted people to associate with the Amerindians)
          ---nonetheless historical record shows that
          their actual original skin coloring was "BROWN"

          Examples of such historical records are found below:

          "[W]hen the Spaniards arrived on the shores of the
          Americas, they were greeted by an indigenous people
          with a "BROWN"-skin --– not a people with a "red"-skin.

          "When Columbus landed on the island of San Salvador in
          1492 he was welcomed by a BROWN-skinned people whose
          physical appearance confirmed him in his opinion that he
          had at last reached India, and whom, therefore, he called
          Indios, Indians, a name which, however mistaken in its first
          application continued to hold its own, and has long since
          won general acceptance, except in strictly scientific writing,"

          Source: http://www.americanindians.com/

          The most marked physical characteristics of
          the Indian race type are BROWN skin, dark
          brown eyes, prominent cheek bones ….

          The color is not [red], as is popularly supposed,
          but varies from very light in some tribes, as the Cheyenne,
          to almost black in others, as the Caddo and Tarimari.

          Source: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07747a.htm
        • Diane Lowe
          A friend of mine is part Indian and he has reddish skin - though I ve not seen it on anyone else. Diane ... From: Pamela ZAHM To:
          Message 4 of 11 , Sep 12, 2005
            A friend of mine is part Indian and he has reddish skin - though I've not seen it on anyone else.
             
            Diane
            ----- Original Message -----
            Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2005 1:04 PM
            Subject: Re: [Generation-Mixed] A note regarding Amerindian-admixture ...

            I always thought it was because of the "RED" earth they put on themselves...

            multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@...> wrote:
            Historical record proves that -- contrary to
            popular myth -- the original indigenous people
            of the Americas (the Amerindians) actually had a
            "BROWN" skin complexion – not a 'red' skin complexion.

            There are a number of reasons the European invaders
            (ranging from the Conquistadors to the Colonists)
            chose to erroneously refer to them as "redskins"
            ---(and these reasons ranged from the red-colored
            paint many tribes used to color their bodies for
            ceremonies - to the 'image of blood' the invaders
            wanted people to associate with the Amerindians)
            ---nonetheless historical record shows that
            their actual original skin coloring was "BROWN"

            Examples of such historical records are found below:

            "[W]hen the Spaniards arrived on the shores of the
            Americas, they were greeted by an indigenous people
            with a "BROWN"-skin --– not a people with a "red"-skin.

            "When Columbus landed on the island of San Salvador in
            1492 he was welcomed by a BROWN-skinned people whose
            physical appearance confirmed him in his opinion that he
            had at last reached India, and whom, therefore, he called
            Indios, Indians, a name which, however mistaken in its first
            application continued to hold its own, and has long since
            won general acceptance, except in strictly scientific writing,"

            Source: http://www.americanindians.com/

            The most marked physical characteristics of
            the Indian race type are BROWN skin, dark
            brown eyes, prominent cheek bones ….

            The color is not [red], as is popularly supposed,
            but varies from very light in some tribes, as the Cheyenne,
            to almost black in others, as the Caddo and Tarimari.

            Source: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07747a.htm





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          • multiracialbookclub
            Another theory on the origin of the idea of the original-Amerindians having `red skin Quote: Ethnophasulism redskin – not accurate; skin coloring range
            Message 5 of 11 , Sep 12, 2005
              Another theory on the origin of the idea of
              the original-Amerindians having `red skin'

              Quote:

              "Ethnophasulism redskin – not accurate; skin
              coloring range from yellowish to coppery brown"

              Source:

              http://www.smccd.net/accounts/saterfield/Psyc106_03/parrillo07.pps

              Related Links:

              http://www.runningdeerslonghouse.com/webdoc337.htm
              http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07747a.htm
              http://www.catholicity.com/encyclopedia/i/indians,american.html
              http://www.aics.org/mascot/redskins.html
              http://www.bluecorncomics.com/redskins.htm

              "multiracialbookclub" <soaptalk@h...> wrote:

              Hey -- that's a good point Pam!

              It certainly sounds logical to me that it would have been
              "RED" clay-earth that they used -- and not actual 'paint'.

              Thanks for pointing that out. :)

              Pamela ZAHM <redheart83704@y...> wrote:

              I always thought it was because of the
              "RED" earth they put on themselves...

              multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@...> wrote:

              Historical record proves that -- contrary to
              popular myth -- the original indigenous people
              of the Americas (the Amerindians) actually had a
              "BROWN" skin complexion – not a 'red' skin complexion.

              There are a number of reasons the European invaders
              (ranging from the Conquistadors to the Colonists)
              chose to erroneously refer to them as "redskins"
              ---(and these reasons ranged from the red-colored
              paint many tribes used to color their bodies for
              ceremonies - to the 'image of blood' the invaders
              wanted people to associate with the Amerindians)
              ---nonetheless historical record shows that
              their actual original skin coloring was "BROWN"

              Examples of such historical records are found below:

              "[W]hen the Spaniards arrived on the shores of the
              Americas, they were greeted by an indigenous people
              with a "BROWN"-skin --– not a people with a "red"-skin.

              "When Columbus landed on the island of San Salvador in
              1492 he was welcomed by a BROWN-skinned people whose
              physical appearance confirmed him in his opinion that he
              had at last reached India, and whom, therefore, he called
              Indios, Indians, a name which, however mistaken in its first
              application continued to hold its own, and has long since
              won general acceptance, except in strictly scientific writing,"

              Source: http://www.americanindians.com/

              The most marked physical characteristics of
              the Indian race type are BROWN skin, dark
              brown eyes, prominent cheek bones ….

              The color is not [red], as is popularly supposed,
              but varies from very light in some tribes, as the Cheyenne,
              to almost black in others, as the Caddo and Tarimari.

              Source: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07747a.htm
            • multiracialbookclub
              Hi Diane, Welcome to the group! :D We are glad to have you here and happy to see that you have chosen to become a part of our online community! You make a very
              Message 6 of 11 , Sep 12, 2005
                Hi Diane,

                Welcome to the group! :D

                We are glad to have you here and happy to see that you
                have chosen to become a part of our online community!

                You make a very good point regarding your friend as quite often
                -- when people are of "multi"-racial lineage (ex. part-Indian)
                their skin tone can reflect any range of colorings, shades
                and hues -- some of which were not noted in the original
                people groupings from which they may have descended
                (ex. 'mulatto-brown' was a color resulting from a
                combination of "pinkish-white" European" coloring
                with "dark-brown/black" African coloring.)

                Welcome again and we are looking forward to
                hearing more from you and reading your posts!

                Have a great day! :D

                --M.

                Related Links

                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/588
                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/213

                "Diane Lowe" <Di_Lowe@V...> wrote:

                A friend of mine is part Indian and he has reddish
                skin - though I've not seen it on anyone else.

                Diane

                ----- Original Message -----

                From: Pamela ZAHM
                To: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2005 1:04 PM
                Subject: Re: [Generation-Mixed] A note regarding Amerindian-
                admixture ...


                I always thought it was because of the
                "RED" earth they put on themselves...

                multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@...> wrote:

                Historical record proves that -- contrary to
                popular myth -- the original indigenous people
                of the Americas (the Amerindians) actually had a
                "BROWN" skin complexion – not a 'red' skin complexion.

                There are a number of reasons the European invaders
                (ranging from the Conquistadors to the Colonists)
                chose to erroneously refer to them as "redskins"
                ---(and these reasons ranged from the red-colored
                paint many tribes used to color their bodies for
                ceremonies - to the 'image of blood' the invaders
                wanted people to associate with the Amerindians)
                ---nonetheless historical record shows that
                their actual original skin coloring was "BROWN"

                Examples of such historical records are found below:

                "[W]hen the Spaniards arrived on the shores of the
                Americas, they were greeted by an indigenous people
                with a "BROWN"-skin --– not a people with a "red"-skin.

                "When Columbus landed on the island of San Salvador in
                1492 he was welcomed by a BROWN-skinned people whose
                physical appearance confirmed him in his opinion that he
                had at last reached India, and whom, therefore, he called
                Indios, Indians, a name which, however mistaken in its first
                application continued to hold its own, and has long since
                won general acceptance, except in strictly scientific writing,"

                Source: http://www.americanindians.com/

                The most marked physical characteristics of
                the Indian race type are BROWN skin, dark
                brown eyes, prominent cheek bones ….

                The color is not [red], as is popularly supposed,
                but varies from very light in some tribes, as the Cheyenne,
                to almost black in others, as the Caddo and Tarimari.

                Source: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07747a.htm
              • Tonya
                The ancient Cherokees use to dance with red paint on their bodies. I saw a groups of locals in Cherokee perform this. Very interesting. Tonya Pamela ZAHM
                Message 7 of 11 , Sep 12, 2005
                  The ancient Cherokees use to dance with red paint on their bodies.
                  I saw a groups of locals in Cherokee perform this. Very interesting.

                  Tonya

                  Pamela ZAHM <redheart83704@y...> wrote:

                  I always thought it was because of the
                  "RED" earth they put on themselves...

                  multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@h...> wrote:

                  Historical record proves that -- contrary to
                  popular myth -- the original indigenous people
                  of the Americas (the Amerindians) actually had a
                  "BROWN" skin complexion – not a 'red' skin complexion.

                  There are a number of reasons the European invaders
                  (ranging from the Conquistadors to the Colonists)
                  chose to erroneously refer to them as "redskins"
                  ---(and these reasons ranged from the red-colored
                  paint many tribes used to color their bodies for
                  ceremonies - to the 'image of blood' the invaders
                  wanted people to associate with the Amerindians)
                  ---nonetheless historical record shows that
                  their actual original skin coloring was "BROWN"

                  Examples of such historical records are found below:

                  "[W]hen the Spaniards arrived on the shores of the
                  Americas, they were greeted by an indigenous people
                  with a "BROWN"-skin --– not a people with a "red"-skin.

                  "When Columbus landed on the island of San Salvador in
                  1492 he was welcomed by a BROWN-skinned people whose
                  physical appearance confirmed him in his opinion that he
                  had at last reached India, and whom, therefore, he called
                  Indios, Indians, a name which, however mistaken in its first
                  application continued to hold its own, and has long since
                  won general acceptance, except in strictly scientific writing,"

                  Source: http://www.americanindians.com/

                  The most marked physical characteristics of
                  the Indian race type are BROWN skin, dark
                  brown eyes, prominent cheek bones ….

                  The color is not [red], as is popularly supposed,
                  but varies from very light in some tribes, as the Cheyenne,
                  to almost black in others, as the Caddo and Tarimari.

                  Source: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07747a.htm
                • Tonya
                  OOps. I meant to say painted red clay on their bodies. Tonya. Tonya wrote: The ancient Cherokees use to dance with red paint on their
                  Message 8 of 11 , Sep 12, 2005
                    OOps. I meant to say painted red clay on their bodies.

                    Tonya.

                    "Tonya" <latonyabeatty76@y...> wrote:

                    The ancient Cherokees use to dance with red paint on their bodies.
                    I saw a groups of locals in Cherokee perform this. Very interesting.

                    Tonya

                    Pamela ZAHM <redheart83704@y...> wrote:

                    I always thought it was because of the
                    "RED" earth they put on themselves...

                    multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@h...> wrote:

                    Historical record proves that -- contrary to
                    popular myth -- the original indigenous people
                    of the Americas (the Amerindians) actually had a
                    "BROWN" skin complexion – not a 'red' skin complexion.

                    There are a number of reasons the European invaders
                    (ranging from the Conquistadors to the Colonists)
                    chose to erroneously refer to them as "redskins"
                    ---(and these reasons ranged from the red-colored
                    paint many tribes used to color their bodies for
                    ceremonies - to the 'image of blood' the invaders
                    wanted people to associate with the Amerindians)
                    ---nonetheless historical record shows that
                    their actual original skin coloring was "BROWN"

                    Examples of such historical records are found below:

                    "[W]hen the Spaniards arrived on the shores of the
                    Americas, they were greeted by an indigenous people
                    with a "BROWN"-skin --– not a people with a "red"-skin.

                    "When Columbus landed on the island of San Salvador in
                    1492 he was welcomed by a BROWN-skinned people whose
                    physical appearance confirmed him in his opinion that he
                    had at last reached India, and whom, therefore, he called
                    Indios, Indians, a name which, however mistaken in its first
                    application continued to hold its own, and has long since
                    won general acceptance, except in strictly scientific writing,"

                    Source: http://www.americanindians.com/

                    The most marked physical characteristics of
                    the Indian race type are BROWN skin, dark
                    brown eyes, prominent cheek bones ….

                    The color is not [red], as is popularly supposed,
                    but varies from very light in some tribes, as the Cheyenne,
                    to almost black in others, as the Caddo and Tarimari.

                    Source: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07747a.htm
                  • Diane Lowe
                    Thanks. I ll try to post from time to time but work has been keeping me quite busy along with trying to get settled in here. Is anyone here in Virginia? Diane
                    Message 9 of 11 , Sep 12, 2005
                      Thanks.  I'll try to post from time to time but work has been keeping me quite busy along with trying to get settled in here.
                       
                      Is anyone here in Virginia?
                       
                      Diane
                      ----- Original Message -----
                      Sent: Monday, September 12, 2005 9:34 AM
                      Subject: [Generation-Mixed] Re: A note regarding Amerindian-admixture ...

                      Hi Diane,

                      Welcome to the group! :D

                      We are glad to have you here and happy to see that you
                      have chosen to become a part of our online community!

                      You make a very good point regarding your friend as quite often
                      -- when people are of "multi"-racial lineage (ex. part-Indian)
                      their skin tone can reflect any range of colorings, shades
                      and hues -- some of which were not noted in the original
                      people groupings from which they may have descended
                      (ex. 'mulatto-brown' was a color resulting from a
                      combination of "pinkish-white" European" coloring
                      with "dark-brown/black" African coloring.)

                      Welcome again and we are looking forward to
                      hearing more from you and reading your posts!

                      Have a great day! :D

                      --M.

                      Related Links

                      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/588
                      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/213

                      "Diane Lowe" <Di_Lowe@V...> wrote:

                      A friend of mine is part Indian and he has reddish
                      skin - though I've not seen it on anyone else.

                      Diane

                      ----- Original Message -----

                      From: Pamela ZAHM
                      To: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
                      Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2005 1:04 PM
                      Subject: Re: [Generation-Mixed] A note regarding Amerindian-
                      admixture ...


                      I always thought it was because of the
                      "RED" earth they put on themselves...

                      multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@...> wrote:

                      Historical record proves that -- contrary to
                      popular myth -- the original indigenous people
                      of the Americas (the Amerindians) actually had a
                      "BROWN" skin complexion – not a 'red' skin complexion.

                      There are a number of reasons the European invaders
                      (ranging from the Conquistadors to the Colonists)
                      chose to erroneously refer to them as "redskins"
                      ---(and these reasons ranged from the red-colored
                      paint many tribes used to color their bodies for
                      ceremonies - to the 'image of blood' the invaders
                      wanted people to associate with the Amerindians)
                      ---nonetheless historical record shows that
                      their actual original skin coloring was "BROWN"

                      Examples of such historical records are found below:

                      "[W]hen the Spaniards arrived on the shores of the
                      Americas, they were greeted by an indigenous people
                      with a "BROWN"-skin --– not a people with a "red"-skin.

                      "When Columbus landed on the island of San Salvador in
                      1492 he was welcomed by a BROWN-skinned people whose
                      physical appearance confirmed him in his opinion that he
                      had at last reached India, and whom, therefore, he called
                      Indios, Indians, a name which, however mistaken in its first
                      application continued to hold its own, and has long since
                      won general acceptance, except in strictly scientific writing,"

                      Source: http://www.americanindians.com/

                      The most marked physical characteristics of
                      the Indian race type are BROWN skin, dark
                      brown eyes, prominent cheek bones ….

                      The color is not [red], as is popularly supposed,
                      but varies from very light in some tribes, as the Cheyenne,
                      to almost black in others, as the Caddo and Tarimari.

                      Source: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07747a.htm





                    • Courtney royster
                      I m also native american and african american and people tell me i have a reddish tint also. Native americans come in all shades depending on location and
                      Message 10 of 11 , Sep 12, 2005
                        I'm also native american and african american
                        and people tell me i have a reddish tint also.
                        Native americans come in all shades depending on
                        location and integration with other nations and people.
                        we all don't look like the ones on t.v.
                        which alot of people feel that we should.
                        i've been told by a number of people that i am not
                        truly a indian because i don't look like the ones on tv.
                        so you may come across indians who pretty much look black
                        and have course hair and some who look white and have blonde
                        hair blue eyes and the some who look like the ones on tv.
                        It just depends.

                        Diane Lowe <Di_Lowe@...> wrote:

                        Thanks. I'll try to post from time to time but work has been
                        keeping me quite busy along with trying to get settled in here.

                        Is anyone here in Virginia?

                        Diane

                        ----- Original Message -----

                        From: multiracialbookclub
                        To: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
                        Sent: Monday, September 12, 2005 9:34 AM
                        Subject: [Generation-Mixed] Re: A note regarding
                        Amerindian-admixture ...

                        Hi Diane,

                        Welcome to the group! :D

                        We are glad to have you here and happy to see that you
                        have chosen to become a part of our online community!

                        You make a very good point regarding your friend as quite often
                        -- when people are of "multi"-racial lineage (ex. part-Indian)
                        their skin tone can reflect any range of colorings, shades and hues
                        -- some of which were not noted in the original people groupings
                        from which they may have descended (ex. 'mulatto-brown' was
                        a color resulting from a combination of "pinkish-white"
                        European" coloring with "dark-brown/black" African coloring.)

                        Welcome again and we are looking forward to
                        hearing more from you and reading your posts!

                        Have a great day! :D

                        --M.

                        Related Links

                        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/588

                        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/213

                        "Diane Lowe" <Di_Lowe@V...> wrote:

                        A friend of mine is part Indian and he has reddish

                        skin - though I've not seen it on anyone else.

                        Diane

                        ----- Original Message -----

                        From: Pamela ZAHM
                        To: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
                        Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2005 1:04 PM
                        Subject: Re: [Generation-Mixed] A note
                        regarding Amerindian-admixture ...

                        I always thought it was because of the
                        "RED" earth they put on themselves...

                        multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@...:

                        Historical record proves that -- contrary to popular
                        myth -- the original indigenous people of the Americas
                        (the Amerindians) actually had a "BROWN"
                        skin complexion - not a 'red' skin complexion.

                        There are a number of reasons the European invaders
                        (ranging from the Conquistadors to the Colonists) chose
                        to erroneously refer to them as "redskins" ---(and these
                        reasons ranged from the red-colored paint many tribes
                        used to color their bodies for ceremonies - to the 'image
                        of blood' the invaders wanted people to associate with
                        the Amerindians) ---nonetheless historical record shows
                        that their actual original skin coloring was "BROWN"

                        Examples of such historical records are found below:

                        "[W]hen the Spaniards arrived on the shores of the
                        Americas, they were greeted by an indigenous people
                        with a "BROWN"-skin --- not a people with a "red"-skin.

                        "When Columbus landed on the island of San Salvador
                        in 1492 he was welcomed by a BROWN-skinned people
                        whose physical appearance confirmed him in his opinion
                        that he had at last reached India, and whom, therefore,
                        he called Indios, Indians, a name which, however
                        mistaken in its first application continued to
                        hold its own, and has long since won general
                        acceptance, except in strictly scientific writing,"

                        Source: http://www.americanindians.com/

                        The most marked physical characteristics of
                        the Indian race type are BROWN skin, dark
                        brown eyes, prominent cheek bones ..

                        The color is not [red], as is popularly supposed, but
                        varies from very light in some tribes, as the Cheyenne,
                        to almost black in others, as the Caddo and Tarimari.

                        Source: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07747a.htm
                      • wintyreeve@aol.com
                        Hello Friends- Complexion comes in all colors and variations. I even saw on the learning channel a woman with a rare genetic disease that caused discoloration
                        Message 11 of 11 , Sep 13, 2005
                          Hello Friends-
                           
                          Complexion comes in all colors and variations. I even saw on the learning channel a woman with a rare
                          genetic disease that caused discoloration on her abdomen. She had a pattern of brown and white squares.
                          So I think its possible that American Indians, as well as other races, have all sorts of variations. The stereotype
                          of the "Indian" with red skin is one you usually see painted bright red and with some other derogatory remark.
                          Another common stereotype is of the "Black" man with black skin and exagerated pink lips.
                          Both are essentially false, and rooted in racism or ignorance.
                          But there also may be people with shades of red in their complexion or dark shades of brown.
                          Thanks for sharing...as always I have learned so much from all of you :)
                          Best, Lynn

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