Birth Name: Sky Tonia Ferreira
Place of Birth: Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Date of Birth: July 8, 1992
*Portuguese Brazilian (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish, Cheyenne Native American, Scottish, English, French (mother)
Sky Ferreira is an American singer, songwriter, model, and actress. She is the daughter of Tonia Maria (Lamere) and Victor M. Ferreira. Sky was raised by her maternal grandmother, and grew up around family friend Michael Jackson.
Sky has said:
My dad is Brazilian and Portuguese and my mom is Native American. It’s funny because I came out looking like, pretty white… I’m Caucasian-looking and none of my family is; everyone in my family is at least two shades darker than me.
Sky’s mother is descended from several ancestral groups. Sky’s maternal grandmother’s mother was Ashkenazi Jewish, and Sky’s maternal grandmother’s father was of approximately half Cheyenne Native American ancestry. Sky’s mother also has Scottish, French, and English ancestry.
Sky’s maternal grandfather is named Gary LaMere.
Sky’s maternal grandmother is Carol May Gillespie (the daughter of Thomas J. Gillespie and Lillian Schaeffer). Sky’s great-grandfather Thomas was raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in South Dakota, the son of George Calvin Gillespie and May Leora Parker. Thomas and both of his parents are listed as Native American on U.S. Censuses. Thomas’s father George was born in South Dakota, the son of David T. Gillespie, who was white, and of Sarah Long Chain, a.k.a. Long Chin, who was of Cheyenne Native American ancestry. Thomas’s mother May Parker was born in Montana, and was also of part Cheyenne Native American ancestry.
Sky’s matrilineal great-grandmother Lillian Schaeffer was the daughter of Morris Schaeffer and Anna/Annie Paltier/Patter, who were Jewish immigrants (from Bukowina and Galicia).
Obituary of Sky’s maternal great-grandmother, Lillian (Schaeffer) Gillespie Hansen – https://familysearch.org
Sky’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Morris Schaeffer and Anna/Annie Paltier/Patter, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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