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Sheikah are distinguishable from the other Hylian races thanks to their elbows that hang down approximately to their pelvises.
its really weird that there’s only one shiekah we ever meet in the series and its impa. i dont mind she was a really cool lady but it makes the world of hyrule really weird. do the few remaining shiekah name each generation of women impa??
My headcannon fanfiction of the day is that Gerudo are just a tribe of Sheikah who got sick of being on the chopping block for the royal family and went AWOL. And that’s why they have the striking eyes, are almost unilaterally female, and are basically the only other brown people in all of Zeldaland (besides a couple random folks here and there like the scrap shop guy). They talk in OoT about how all the Sheikah besides Impa died defending the royal family, I could see a group of them being put in front of the meat grinder at some point in Hyrulian history and being like “yeah, fuck this shit.”
Granted, Impa’s had some pretty drastically different redesigns over the years, from old hunchbacks to big boisterous white women to slender and elegant with a dark complexion to muscular and tan, so its hard to definitively say “this is what Sheikah look like”. Zelda-as-Sheik was still blonde and white, but Sheikah are probably rare enough that if her disguise was off, no one would notice. Who’s to say Sheikah even are a race unto themselves, really, they could be a religious order like templars or something that people join to defend the royal family, get red eyes because MAGIC, and the “Impa” du jour is just whoever has the role of being Zelda’s personal security detail.
I just like the idea of a group of Sheika being like “you know, I don’t feel like dying for our crappy god and all her little white blond rich girl avatars” and running away to become awesome desert Amazons.