I've always thought that Sheikah was a different race entirely, but it also might just be like, a creed/religion type thing, or even just a sub-race of Hylians, like how humanity has different races.
And yeah, that totally could be. I would venture that it was something of an oversight but that's just a guess. The thing is, the Gerudo are obviously not Hylian and there are lore purposes for that but you also have Holodrumites and Labrynans who aren't Hylian. But then, they are kind of named for the kingdom and maybe since the Sheikah have always been part of the kingdom, maybe they are being considered Hylian as denizens of Hyrule. But do we then consider the people of New Hyrule "New Hylians"? I doubt it. Again, I am reminded of Link being called a human instead of a Hylian in TP (where the people of Hyrule didn't have pointed ears). Anyway, maybe I should have put this in the Zelda Theory board.I've always thought that Sheikah was a different race entirely, but it also might just be like, a creed/religion type thing, or even just a sub-race of Hylians, like how humanity has different races.
This is the correct answer but it's unsatisfying.I think it just depends on whatever particular game that they decide on a whim what’s actually up with the races. I mean, the Sheikah have gone from being thought to be almost wiped out entirely, to being the most advanced race ever, and then split between two groups of good and evil ninjas, and that’s just one race here. Rito seemingly no longer need Valoo to grow wings and have cut off Zora imagery in their culture. Gerudo are no longer thieves. Lots of different stuff that I’m not sure are “retcons” or if they intend as canon evolutions or what.