Birth Name: Q’orianka Waira Qoiana Kilcher
Place of Birth: Schweigmatt, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany (now Schweigmatt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Date of Birth: 11 February, 1990
*Peruvian [Quechua, Huachipaeri] (father)
*Swiss-German, Swiss-French (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, Wachan Bajiyoperak Vega, 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, and is of Swiss-German and Swiss-French 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 paternal grandfather was named Alejandro Bajiyoperak Darqueve.
Q’orianka’s paternal grandmother was Cirila Vega Peña (the daughter of parents surnamed Vega and Peña).
Q’orianka’s maternal grandfather was Ray “Pirate” Genet. Ray was a famous mountaineer, who was from Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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.
Sources: Marriage record of Q’orianka’s parents – https://www.familysearch.org
Birth record of Q’orianka’s father – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Q’orianka Kilcher (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com
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