Q’orianka Kilcher

by andrew on October 15, 2014

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Birth Name: Q’orianka Waira Qoiana Kilcher

Place of Birth: Schweigmatt, Germany

Date of Birth: February 11, 1990

*Peruvian [Quechua-Huachipaeri] (father)
*Swiss-German, Belgian Walloon, English, German (mother)

Q’orianka Kilcher is an American actress, singer, and activist. She is known for playing Pocahontas in the 2005 film The New World, directed by Terrence Malick.

Q’orianka’s father, who is from Peru, is of Quechua-Huachipaeri (Indigenous) descent. Her name, Q’orianka, means Golden Eagle in Quechua.

Q’orianka’s mother, Saskia Kilcher, is a human rights activist. Saskia was born in Alaska and raised in Switzerland. Q’orianka’s maternal grandfather was American, of Belgian (Walloon), German, and English descent. Q’orianka’s maternal grandmother was Swiss, of Swiss-German descent. Q’orianka is a first cousin, once removed, of singer Jewel. Q’orianka’s maternal great-grandparents, Yule Julius Jacob Kilcher and Ruth Helen Weber, were also Jewel’s paternal grandparents.

When Q’orianka was two years old, she and her mother moved to Kapaa, Hawaii.

Q’orianka’s maternal grandfather was Ray “Pirate” Genet (the son of William Francis Genet and Emma B. Miller). Ray was a famous mountaineer, who was born in Alaska. William was the son of John Joseph Genet and Mary Victoria George. Emma was the daughter of Albert Miller and Susan Stiles.

Q’orianka’s maternal grandmother was Wurtila Dora Kilcher (the daughter of Yule Julius Jacob Kilcher and Ruth Helen Weber). Yule was born in Laufen, Canten of Basel, Switzerland, of Swiss-German descent, and was the son of Edwin Otto Kilcher and Lina Alter. Yule was a state legislator and delegate to the Alaskan Constitutional Convention. Ruth was born in Pretteln, Basel Country, Liestal, Switzerland, and was also of Swiss-German descent.

Source: Genealogy of Q’orianka Kilcher (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

anen87 July 24, 2016 at 3:49 am

Proof that mestizos still tend to look indigenous/brown even when they are half Nordic. Benjamin Pratt is another one

Gurrl July 24, 2016 at 10:34 pm

Depends, most genuine 50% ones look evenly mixed though. She can actually pass as a full blooded Native North American(usa) native though. There is a huge difference between Silvid/Pacifid types (more narrow features) and fuegid/margid (robust and wider features) which many central/South Americans have.

neiltennant June 29, 2016 at 3:56 am

SHE LOOKS very masculine. She has very special bones and a special face

but on the other hand she has something special. Which makes her wonderful. Especially her eyes are adorable

Adrian1Cram February 12, 2016 at 10:52 pm

this name

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:29 pm

she’s pretty

neiltennant June 29, 2016 at 3:55 am


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