What if I tell you that in Mexico the light color of some people’s skin is not precisely European heritage but native?
Maybe you would not believe me, because we are used to the fact that the descendants of the native peoples that we see on the streets selling crafts or asking for money have a tanned skin tone precisely because of their work and lifestyle.
But what about those who had the opportunity to leave behind that life and integrated into society through jobs that offer them a better quality of life? They have simply had the facility of seeking greater personal care and even avoiding the inclemencies of the heat that other workers provide.
That is, perhaps those descendants of the native peoples have a different aspect and even their skin has become slightly lighter tones.
However, as it is not something that we analyze regularly, people attribute light skin tones to a European heritage, for example, this morning I came across the news that a young Wixarian girl named Yukaima, a name that by the way means ( purple corn and with colors) was named queen of beauty in the state of Nayarit and she, a beautiful woman like many, is a university student who works as a nanny to pay for her studies, which has allowed her to get away from the jobs that force her to stay under the sun and have a more tanned skin color, however, the comments were immediate and many wrote that she cannot be native, arguing precisely her skin color and her features.
That is, for many, she could only be considered native, having a darker skin color and having coarser features. At that point of colonization we arrived.
That is why I took on the task of investigating and found that white people among native peoples exist before the arrival of the Spaniards.
According to Díaz del Castillo in “The True Story of the Conquest of New Spain” :
“Cuauhtémoc had a somewhat long and cheerful face and eyes, more it looked like when they saw that it was with gravity that flattering and there was no lack in them, and it was of age of 23, 24 or 25 years, AND THE COLOR PULLED MORE TO WHITE THAT THE COLOR AND MATTIZ OF THOSE OTHER BROWN INDIANS. “
Once again Bernal Díaz del Castillo tells us:
“It was the great Montezuma aged up to forty years and of good stature and well proportioned, and cenceño, and few meats, AND THE COLOR NOT VERY DARK, BUT OWN COLOR AND MATTER OF INDIAN, and brought the hair not very long, but how much his ears covered him, and few beards, tight and well-fitting and thin, and the somewhat long and cheerful face, and the eyes of good way, and showed in his person, in the look, by a corporal love and when it was necessary gravity…”
And finally, let’s see what Clavijero says, in his “Ancient History of Mexico” :
“They are balanced in such a way with the regularity and proportion of their members, who are in a fair way between ugliness and beauty, their appearance does not please or offend: BUT AMONG THE MEXICAN YOUNG PEOPLE, SOME WHITE AND PRETTY PRETTY ARE FOUND, GIVING GREATER REALITY TO HIS BEAUTY, the softness of her speech and her manners and the natural modesty of her countenance … “
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