Native Americans and facial hair
Native Americans and facial hair | History Forum
Although most Native American men do not sport a mustache or a full beard, this does not mean that they are unable to grow facial hair. Most Native American men prefer to keep their faces clean shaven, although men from several tribes in, for example, the Northwest, do wear mustaches and even full beards. The inability to grow facial hair is one of the most common misconceptions about Native Americans. It is also mistakenly thought that Native Americans tore out their beards regularly until the hair would no longer grow. This Native American stereotype is fueled by the numerous novels written by a German teacher named Karl May who, interestingly enough, never saw a Native American in his entire life. During the Long Walk era, many Navajo leaders sported mustaches. Bearded Native Americans have also been documented in the past.
I don't know who wrote this. I don't particularly like the wording. Nevertheless, I think the writer means to infer that our culture, and all modern Western culures, like to make this claim.
As with other peoples all over the world, the amount of facial and other facial hair characteristics varies among individuals as well as related populations. If you want proof of that statement, check out this article from Jacksonville. In the answers section, you will find tons of replies, many from Native Americans themselves. In fact, early reports from New England colonists talk about Native Americans choosing to shave their facial hair off.