Copper Romance Magazine | Copper-Colored Indigenous People

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Once upon a time, we actually knew who we were.  I'm just going to throw this out there.  Think whatever you want with this information.  European colonists, in several instances referred to the indigenous Americans as the copper colored race.  Well, actually they went further than that and on many occasions even described the indigenous population as having coarse hair.  Dark skin was pretty much the standard and not the exception for indigenous Americans.

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Christopher Colombus wrote in his journal that Taínos had beautiful muscular slender bodies, with copper color skin and wore short haircuts with a long hank at the back of the head. They were clean shaven and hairless.  That's just one example though.  There are several instances of the colonist and indigenous people describing themselves as dark skinned or copper skin toned people.

William Byrd II, a British planter and author from colonial Virginia, wrote extensively about his encounters with Indians.

copper colored romance black indigenousThe Nottoway were described by William Byrd as people of “Mehogony  Skins “ or the “ Copper Colour’d Ones of Nottoway Towne” [2] long before any extensive intermarriage with either Europeans or Africans.  Upon first contact with colonial settlers, traders and land speculators Nottoway were a dark-skinned  tribe.
-History of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and  North Carolina,  William Byrd ( 1674-1744), Dover Publications 1967, p.113-114 (Diary entry, April 1728)

I'm sure you've heard of Lewis and Clark, right? Their journey through the Midwest on to the West Coast of what would later become the United States was required reading in school. What they don't tell you is that Lewis and Clark wrote extensively about the dark brown, copper colored people that they encountered everywhere. They even refuted descriptive term "red skin" as they said instead that several Indian tribes had dark brown skin.

copper colored mag womenWhile Indians have dark skin, the color ranges from a yellowish brown to a dark reddish brown. They do not have red skin.
The term "redskin" may have come from a variety of sources. One of the explanations comes from the fact that many Indians painted their bodies with a mixture of vermilion and grease. White men who traded with Indians quickly learned that vermilion, a bright red pigment, was one of the most valuable trade items.

The complexion is the usual copper coloured brown of the North American tribes, though the complexion is rather lighter than that of the Indians of the Missouri, and the frontier of the United States: the mouth is wide and the lips thick; the nose of a moderate size, fleshy, wide at the extremities, with large nostrils, and generally low between the eyes, though there are rare instances of high aquiline noses; the eyes are generally black, though we occasionally see them of a dark yellowish brown, with a black pupil.
-Lewis and Clark journals, 1814

Check out the 1828 definition of American, important because of the insight it provides into what the true Native Americans were going through at the time with the European colonists.

AMER’ICAN, n. A native of America; originally applied to the aboriginals, or copper-colored races, found here by the Europeans; but now applied to the descendants of Europeans born in America.
-1828 Noah Webster Dictionary Definition of American

The autochthonous Americans were without a doubt dark brown skinned people, with thick lips, wide noses, and coarse hair, with all different degrees of curls or waviness.  Here are some more descriptions by Europeans, who had no motivation to describe the indigenous Americans in a manner that makes them sound like the modern-day so-called African American.

An Indian Baptism
The baptismal water is ready; the white* child of the redskin rests on the arms of its godfather; {* After their birth the children of the red (copper colored) Indian, like those of a black Negro, look white for a while. They receive the skin color of their parents later.}
-Sketches from North America, Augsburg 1845. Archives of the University of Notre Dame


There is at least one instance however, in which Indians were identified: Pueblo Indians are identified as "copper" in Taos County, New Mexico
-Archives.gov (Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, roll 469).


Physique. Like others of the race, they were tall, copper-colored people, with long, straight, coarse hair, high cheek bones, and black, deep-set eyes. The early Spanish explorers declared that the men they met were like giants in size, and so strong that they could shoot an arrow and drive it through a tree the size of a man's thigh. And they told, too, of how fleet-footed the red men were following the deer, and of their wonderfully keen sight and hearing.
-Exploring Florida, 1904. University of South Florida

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There was even a film called: Copper-Colored Gals/Murder On 125th & Lenox Avenue 1941
This was an African American film.  We are the copper colored people now, just as we were back then.  Nearly all so-called black people have oral history of Native American roots.  Check out the other articles on this site and do the math for yourself.  It's not difficult to see who the TRUE Native Americans are.

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