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My Father is a Native American, yet I have blond hair and blue eyes? (Real Native Americans Please Answer!)?

I have peach-colored skin, dark blond hair, and blue eyes, like my mother. But my father and grandfather told me they were Cherokee Indians. I’ve seen my grandfather’s card, so I know it isn’t some weird idea they thought up to get money from the government (believe me, neither of them received a dime from anyone- they farmed for a living).

Here’s my issue. The most important figure in my childhood, my grandfather, told me stories of Cherokee lore, taught me how to fish and hunt, and all sorts of Native traditions. I always heard about Kanati and other mythic figures, and the white buffalo, from when I was child. My grandfather practiced both pentecostal Christianity and believed (although he would try to hide it) in shamanism. Considering he was born in the 1920’s I very much doubt new age airs played a role in his thought. When he died, my uncle performed the rite (we also had the seven days of mourning mentioned- but since I didn’t believe in anything at the time- I didn’t pay much attention and I was distraught enough as it was).

Here’s my issue. I was born in the South, and my mother’s family (Scotch-Irish) were, like a lot of older people in that region, staunch segregationists. I felt as though I was being forced to play up to two groups that were battling for my identity. They would put down my father’s family as “white trash,” and my father’s family would make comments about “whites” in general. I know I have problems for even caring, but lately it has been on my mind. I have two questions:

1. Is it possible that I was just adopted? My dad and his siblings resembled medium-skinned Mexicans, my grandfather looked like a white guy with Indian features, and my mother was nordic looking. Is it possible for my father to have produced a son that was blond? Aren’t those traits recessive?

2. I’ve thought about trying to learn the language, read up on the myths, visit the reservation, etc, but I’ve noticed a lot of people online talking about “Pretendians,” and “Wannabes.” I don’t want any formal membership/benefits/etc., but I would like to go to pow wows and give money to charities that help real natives. I’d also like to teach my daughter, who phenotypically resembles me, about one side of her origins (if in fact I was not adopted after all.) Does all that make me a “Pretendian?” I want to avoid that. I’m a Roman Catholic and not interested in new age mess. I would like to watch ceremonies though. I’ve been watching them online and they take me back to better days.

Should I get some kind of dna test or do you think Native American people would want to get to know me without one? I don’t ever want to be seen as fake, but it is true that Native American culture played a big part in my youth, even if it was just some hoax played on me. Am I “mixed European/Indian?” Does being a descendant of a Cherokee make me an Indian period? Am I just a confused honkey? Help?

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Chrystale thomas
Chrystale thomas
3 years ago

Well I have blond hair and blue eyes my father is 3/4 Choctaw and my mother is French. I am light and have few features that are native. I had a DNA test and I am a member of the Choctaw Nation. It is possible for you to be fair in skin and hair! I am! I go to conferences and pow wows….. ppl stop being mean and accept the unacceptable in your eyes.

Tracey
Tracey
5 months ago

Our family had a few surprises after a DNA test last year. My daughter was Cherokee on her father’s side, I researched her genealogy and have documented evidence of her grandfather living in Oklahoma territory after removed from Georgia. But her DNA tests showed no mongolian indian origin, but Jewish origin instead. I had a DNA test, my results showed I am 100% white, yet my ancestors were from Nova Scotia, a haplogroup that settled in Canada 13,000 years ago. Vikings. I researched that, and apparently there have been white tribes in North and South America very early, and they… Read more »

Daphne
2 years ago

Has your family ever told you that you are related to the 1st baby born to the New World? You’re a descendent of Virginia Dare.

Shelby
Shelby
2 years ago

I’m half Native half white. I have a brother (let’s call him B), a half brother, and a half sister. All of us have blue eyes! My dad probably has some French so that might be the recessive gene. I have crystal blue and my sister has almost gray blue. My brother and I had blonde hair as kids but it started to get darker with age (any half Native I know I ask if they had blonde hair as a kid and the say yes but they grow out of it). B’s hair is really dark brown now but… Read more »

John
John
2 years ago

Blue eyes are a recessive trait, meaning it has to be a trait present somewhere in the genetics of both parents for the child to have a chance of having blue eyes, though it needn’t appear in any blood relative you know to still be there. And I don’t believe you need to be full-blooded to be a member of the tribe, so the point of origin for that trait on your Dad/Grandad’s side could be anywhere from your dad’s mother all the way back to the first Caucasians to arrive here.

Qbotki
3 years ago

I’d like to say something about the whole “pretendians” thing: you’re genetics doesn’t make who you are, it only tells you about your relatives.the whole life of being Native American is believing, if you believe that you are native american, believe in their secrets, ect. you are native american. even if you don’t believe in their lore’s, or legends, it doesn’t mean you aren’t one of them. i also wondering’s about my genetics, history, ancestors, ect. but i also have to say genetics rarely has anything to do with being native american. for example: you can become native american by… Read more »

Alexandria
Alexandria
3 years ago

Best bet is to get a DNA test and find out. But no it’s not weird if you don’t look 100% Native, or even not at all. With mixed children, it’s like a mixed bag of genetics. You never know what you’ll get! Some are a perfect mix of the 2 races, others take more after one or the other. For Example… I’ve even seen mixed fraternal twins, where one took after their white father having Porcelain white skin, red hair, and freckles. While the other took after their African mother with Ebony skin, dark curly hair, and so on.… Read more »

Marlys
Marlys
3 years ago

I think some people confuse color with genetics. They are not the same thing, at all. DNA has been combining since humans came out of the trees and every possible combination of colors can be found in each person’s genetic history. The important thing for me is our culture. I am 4/16 Irish, 4/16 French 4/16 Cherokee and 4’16 Ashkenazi Jew. But all My life I have known in my spirit I was Cherokee. My culture and spirituality is what matters to me most and that is 100% native. Only my DNA can identify what my genetics are but it… Read more »

0m3nchi1d
0m3nchi1d
3 years ago

I’m half Lakota, and have the skintone and high cheek bones of my mother but I have my father’s curly hair and beard. My oldest daughter has dark brown hair and eyes and olive skin, but my youngest has blonde hair and dark grey eyes, genetics are a dice roll man.

deutschlandchick
deutschlandchick
3 years ago

cannot be…genes for dark skin, eyes and hair are recessive…meaning they will dominate…if your father is a full blooded Native American, then he will just bring the genes for brown eyes, brown skin and brown hair. When you were conceived his genes mixed with your mother’s. If your mother is white and brings genes for light eyes and light hair, your father’s will dominate because they are recessive…a child of a full blooded native with a white person will definitely not have blue eyes and blond hair…it is genetically not possible…now, if the native father is not truly 100 percent… Read more »

Kitty
Kitty
3 years ago

I am Cherokee/Irish. My father looked like a white man with Amer. Indian features with blk hair (that turned pure white) but blue eyes and my mother was red headed with porcelain skin green eyes and freckled. I however am brunette, and hazel eyed with the skin tone and features of a Cherokee. I am proud to be both

Chris Hester/ silver wind
Chris Hester/ silver wind
3 years ago

I’m 2/3 Native American moms side is cher/Blackfoot while dads side is suix and German and I’m white skinned blonde but my eyes are a silvery color with the wolf iris trait so all I can say is we all have some small sign that calls us out also I have the Cherokee cheeks with the predominant fourhead

Brittany
Brittany
3 years ago

I’m Sioux/Cherokee & Irish. If I don’t spend a lot of time in the sun then I’m pail. When im in the sun I am red with brown freckles. Climate& region affect out completions. As for blonde hair? Idk. I’ve never seen blond hair natives

Mike Cardinal
Mike Cardinal
3 years ago

My friend is blond blue eyed. His dad is native. My friend looks exactly like his native dad but has thr blue eyes and hair of his caucasian mom. So yes. Its possible.

Michael
Michael
3 years ago

My grate grandfather on my mothers side was tru Native American. But all thst doesn’t matter i was brought up with strong Native American beliefs and the ways. So that it stays alive.

Jake
Jake
3 years ago

I have the same problem. I’m 1/2 Mohawk and 1/2 Polish. My full blooded great uncles used to call my two brothers and I Pohawks. Lol. I have some native features such as having red pigment in my skin when I get tan. But that being said I don’t have really dark skin unless I get tan when out in the sun and I have dark brown hair and grey eyes. My father still has jet black hair and brown eyes and he’s pushing 60 years old. I’m proud of both my heritages but I still feel lost because I’m… Read more »

Karen B Jones
3 years ago

I have Cherokee in my family. It’s obvious if you ever look at my father and me. Our features, though by no means pure Native American, are obvious. (nose shape, eye shape, face shape, darker complexion) I can never remember exactly what the split is. I think I’m a sixteenth, if I remember right. I’d have to pull out the family tree to say for sure. But I look like I could be half (I’m not). My brother, on the other hand, looks entirely white. Just like my cousin on my mother’s side. He’s got freckles, light skin, blue eyes,… Read more »

CHERYL PENNER
CHERYL PENNER
3 years ago

*Indian blood

Sorry.

CHERYL PENNER
CHERYL PENNER
3 years ago

My grandmother always said that if you have just one drop of Indian in your veins and your heart makes the connection, YOU ARE INDIAN!

CHERYL PENNER
CHERYL PENNER
3 years ago

The Cherokee were accepted some other races into their tribe. Some whites who were also indentured slaves were accepted into the Cherokee families and those people were later recognized by the government as being actual indians for the Dawes. My father was full Cherokee and my mother is irish. All of my siblings and I have dark hair and medium toned skin like our father. Two of my sons are dark haired and skinned but believe it or not, one of my sons is a redhead! My brother has two blonde haired, blue eyed daughters and I know for a… Read more »

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