How did the American Indians shave? I just realized that I've never seen any with beards in vintage photos but on my old AIM poster from the 70's I see a person drawn with a beard and moustache holding up a rifle.

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What?! I just read that they sharpened clam shells to shave, they naturally don't grow beards, and that they used clam shells to PLUCK their beards!? Whats the real deal?
They used two clam shells hinged at the base, clapped them over an angry hornet, held the assembly to their faces to shave.
Is this anyting like the 3 sea shells in Demolition Man?
I have heard most Indians do not grow facial hair, but that may be a myth. My grandfather is half Indian, and grew up on a reservation. He used to use an axe (he was a lumberjack, and North American Guide) in his younger days. I know that you were not really talking about modern Indians, but there is something kinda manly about shaving with an axe that I think warrants a mention.

Clamshells and hornets are cool too!
Shaving with an Axe. that is sweet. I have a hard enough time chopping wood without cutting off any fingers or toes, I don't think that I am going to put the thing to my face anytime soon. But if someone else wants to give it a try, I am all for it.
yeah I heard many people do that back in the day, especially lumberjacks, not just Native Americans.
I also heard people shaved by rubbing stones on their faces and stuff.
Seriously, they don't grow facial hair. That's why you never see pictures of Indians with beards. Neither did the Myans. It's just another one of their cultural traits. They also never ever drank alcohol, which is why it is easier for native americans to become alcoholics. Over hundreds (or thousands) of years, they never got a chance to come in contact with alcohol regularly, and therefore never developed any kind of tolerance.
Yeah and the settlers addicted them to alcohol, they made them get drunk and then sign contracts about land, etc.
Perhaps you should read the book "Bury my heart at wounded knee" It's the history of the West as written by the Indians. I got the impression from the book that the Indians were much to blame for thier own fate, it seems they were using the Europeans to settle scores with other tribes- they did it stone cold sober and with much forethought. So the Indian isn't innocent in his own demise.
Thank you. A point most forget. After all, Cortes didn't conquer the Aztecs with an army of Spaniards. Their neighbors pretty much fell over one another volunteering for the job.
That's not entirely true. While there may be some traits in some tribes that make growing facial hair difficult, this does not apply to all tribes. My wife is full-blooded Lumbee Indian and the male Lumbees can grow beards.
One thing Indians had in common was that they were all different. That is, there are some ways in which they were the same by environment or technical level or other necessity, but beyond that, there was a lot of variety.

So I suspect they used all of the above: clam shells, plucking, and a natural hairlessness. But they weren't all baby-faced; check out this Kwakiutl gentleman. (I've seen pictures of lusher beards on men from that tribe, from a time before much intermarriage with whites would have been possible.)


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