The majority of Native American males don’t have full beards or moustaches, but it doesn’t imply they can’t develop facial hair. Although some Native American men, for instance those from numerous tribes in the Northwest, do sport moustaches and even full beards, most prefer to keep their faces clean shaven.

One of the most pervasive misunderstandings about Native Americans is that they are unable to grow facial hair. Another misconception is that Native Americans routinely tore out their beards until the hair stopped growing. This stereotypical view of Native Americans is supported by the several novels written by Karl May, a German instructor who, surprisingly, never encountered a Native American in his life.

There were a lot of moustachioed Navajo leaders during the Long Walk period. There have also been reports of bearded Native Americans in the past. The Paiute Native American Indians from Utah who were encountered by the Dominguez-Escalante expedition had full beards.

The Paiute tribe’s separation is thought to have been the source of the local exploration tales that circulated at the period. Some members of the Dominguez-Escalante expedition mistakenly thought they were seeing Jesuit priests when they saw the Paiutes because of their beards.

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