Sky Ferreira

by J.J. on October 14, 2013

41st Annual FiFi Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Sky Tonia Ferreira

Place of Birth: Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 8, 1992

*Brazilian [Portuguese, possibly other] (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish, Native American [Cheyenne, possibly Chippewa (Ojibwe) and Chippewa-Cree], Scottish, French, English, and Irish (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 of documented Native American ancestry, including Cheyenne, and possibly Chippewa (Ojibwe) and Chippewa-Cree. Her own maternal grandmother, Sky’s matrilineal great-grandmother, was Ashkenazi Jewish. Sky’s mother also has Scottish, French, English, and Irish ancestry.

Sky’s maternal grandfather is named Gary LaMere. Gary is likely of Native American background, Chippewa (Ojibwe) and Chippewa-Cree.

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 emigrants, from Bukowina and Galicia.

Sources: Sky’s maternal great-grandfather, Thomas J. Gillespie, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Thomas J. Gillespie on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Sky’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, David T. Gillespie (through David’s sister, Polly B. Gillespie) –

Genealogy of Sky’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, George Gillespie (through George’s sister, Jane Gillespie) –

Obituary of Sky’s maternal great-grandmother, Lillian (Schaeffer) Gillespie Hansen –

Sky’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Morris Schaeffer and Anna/Annie Paltier/Patter, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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bablah November 4, 2017 at 9:49 am

Gary LaMere might be Winnebago and Dakota. I’ll see if I can figure it out later.

bablah November 4, 2017 at 2:29 pm

I’m not saying I’m 100% right, but I think this is her great-grandfather (I’m basing this on the fact that Sky’s aunt has Norma’s son as a cousin on her facebook) :

David was listed on 1930 census as mixed blood Chippewa (Ojibwe).
David Sr.’s parents were Albert LaMere and Louise Swain.

Eunice’s parents are listed as mixed blood Chippewa and Chippewa-Cree.

bablah November 21, 2017 at 11:08 am

@follers, can you look into this? I seriously think her grandfather is Native American. His arrest record has him as Native American, all his family is Native.

I also found the obituary of his brother Jack, and while Jack’s obituary makes no mention of Gary, obituary of Jack’s son Jack Jr. does.

madman June 18, 2017 at 3:28 am

Genealogies of Sky’s great-great-great-grandfather, David T. Gillespie (through his own sister, Polly B. Gillespie):

Genealogy of Sky’s great-great-great-great-grandfather, George Gillespie (through his own sister, Jane Gillespie):

The last one shows roots in Ireland as well.

phaedra April 14, 2016 at 11:58 pm

That obviously olive skinned girl who tries hard to look like pale & Nordic.

Greyface April 12, 2016 at 3:26 am

omg its so weird that she came out looking white!! Portuguese english french scottish??? she is a woman of color! #OscarSoWhite

Talking Bird October 30, 2015 at 7:48 pm

And FURTHER, you’ve got this whole other branch of the family miscategorized as Polish Jews. Where do you dig this garbage up? These Jewish immigrants were born in and came here from Chernovits/Bukovina, for more than 100 years part of the Austro-Hungarian empire before they left it and geographically in Austria in the years they lived there and arrived in 1906. In case you didn’t notice, the name Schaeffer is distinctly Germanic in origin, no matter how the spelling may vary in any of these documents. Doesn’t matter this area was historically a melting pot — these folks are not of Polish extraction. Since you’re so enslaved to the genealogical record, why don’t you look them up in Ellis Island’s records where they are all listed as “Austrian”? I think a lot of people are tired of the reckless obsession with celebrity that leads to this kind of malpractice. You’re really batting 1,000 here — you’ve got Poles, incest, AND you did have this insinuation that Sky was wrong about her mother being Native American which has thankfully been corrected, when her mother has a lot of Cheyenne coming from literally two different directions. Only you, personally, don’t think it’s enough blood to qualify, putting you and your notion of what being Native American is at odds with the United States Federal government. It’s really quite astonishing.

follers October 30, 2015 at 8:40 pm

I said it wasn’t clear to me whether it was documented or not. That doesn’t mean it has or hasn’t been documented, since I don’t know everything and I don’t have access to every record.

I listed May Leora Parker as the daughter of Charles Arthur Parker and Alice Jane Rowland not as a guess, but because she’s so listed on three family trees on (“William Rowland Sr.”, “PARKER/HATLEY Family Tree”, and “Boyle Family Tree”). If those trees are wrong, then they’re wrong, and I apologize.

I made no mention of any cousins marrying.

The exact geographical locations where many Ashkenazi Jews came to the United States from changed often. Jews from Bukowina and Galicia are sometimes called “Polish Jews”, sometimes “Ukrainian Jews”, sometimes “Austrian Jews”. It’s basically a territorial technicality. They all spoke Yiddish, anyway.

Talking Bird October 30, 2015 at 7:06 pm

And further, what you’re insinuating here is first cousins marrying — and that is a very delicate subject, obviously. This marriage you lifted information viz “May Leora Gillespie” has her son John marrying Alvin Parker’s daughter, and Alvin IS the child of Charles. Charles’s nine children are well documented and none was a May (the 9th is a Kermit with another wife). And there are a lot of Native American Parkers. Please fix this as it’s offensive. See, this is what happens when a little information gets out there in the public record on the web, and people are careless with it.

Talking Bird October 30, 2015 at 6:40 pm

CORRECTION: You said it wasn’t documented that she was Native American. You were incorrect as it’s all over the place. It begs the question of just how do YOU define Native American which is at odds from how the US government defines it in a census. The US government categorizes people with just a splash of Native American blood as Native American in any give census.

Also, there’s no proof of the following, which here now, you present as fact: “Thomas’s mother May Parker was born in Montana, to Charles Arthur Parker and Alice Jane Rowland, and was also of part Cheyenne Native American ancestry.” This is just a guess on your part, right? I’m guessing because you saw there was a May and a Rhoda and an Ethel Parker at the Fort Shaw Indian boarding school in Cascade Montana, and these two people had a Rhoda and an Ethel as children. But there’s no record these two ever had a child named May. In fact all of May’s census material reads that she is “Cheyenne.” You have no way of knowing to what degree, part or full. May also told one census-taker that one of her parents was from New York, another from Wyoming. This Charles Parker was from California. Again, your guesses have no place in the public record, and again you need to correct this.

Talking Bird October 30, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Sky actually has a lot of documented Cheyenne blood. How do I know this? She is my COUSIN. Thomas J. Gillespie, the father of Carol May Gillespie, was viewed by the US government as American Indian and this is clearly stated on Indian and US Census rolls. Thomas grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He is the son of George Gillespie and May Parker Gillespie who were also both viewed as American Indian by the US government, if you look at census records. May Parker Gillespie grew up in Montana. George Gillespie is the son of the white David T. Gillespie and the Native American Cheyenne Sarah Long Chain a.k.a. Long Chin. She was CHEYENNE, descended from Long Chin and Cut Nose. Her Cheyenne mother-in-law Long Chin lived with the family. Her ex-model mother Tonia Lamere looks VERY Native American as do all the Gillespies, which is plainly obvious to anyone looking at any family pictures on Facebook. You should know that with a full-blooded Cheyenne great-grandmother and Indian blood from the Parker side, she is entirely entitled to call herself Native American as is her mother. Honestly, get your facts straight.

follers October 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Thank you for the information.

I didn’t say that Sky doesn’t have Native American ancestry, I said I didn’t know for sure if she did, and that her mother isn’t entirely of Native American descent, as someone could assume from her comment (“My dad is Brazilian and Portuguese and my mom is Native American. It’s funny because I came out looking like, pretty white”).

andrew October 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm

so how much Cheyenne blood does she have?

follers October 30, 2015 at 4:53 pm

I think her maternal grandmother is of about 1/4 Cheyenne ancestry.

BTW, Sky’s great-grandfather’s census record definitely describes him and his parents as Native American, unlike say Depp’s, Costner’s, etc.

andrew October 8, 2015 at 2:33 am

good work follers

Manila May 17, 2015 at 6:38 am

Her parents are Victor M. Ferreira and Tonia Maria Lamere. (Source: Victor and Tonia’s marriage record: )

According to US Public Records, Tonia was born in December 1966:

So, I am not sure if this was her in the California Birth Index due to different middle initial which is unlikely:

Also, I am 50% sure if this was her maternal grandmother Nikkoqua/Nikko Quai:

odessa February 20, 2015 at 12:35 am

What tribe is her mother of?

Gurrl August 11, 2014 at 4:14 pm

“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.”

ethnic August 13, 2014 at 9:45 am

nice one

leslie2 October 19, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Who ever is Brazilian, must be European(insert) -Brazilian, as there are Mestizo(Spanish word for mixed,Indigenous and European(usually Portuguese or Spanish) Mulatto Brazilians, Japanese or Asian-Brazilian, or Arab-Brazilian. She looks European, and I would like Follers or someone to point out where this Native american ancestry comes from, and if there is proof or documentation of it, and how much %/how far back it is. she looks pretty white to me, and I hope this isn’t another one of thoughs liars who tries to appear tri-racial to be seen as being exotic.


So I’m very doubtful she of Native descent, as no tribe is listed, and no link to where it comes from. She looks close to being 90% white.

J.J. November 15, 2013 at 11:54 pm

being tri-racial doesn’t make someone exotic, the word exotic means foreign. Native American doesn’t necessarily mean the native North Americans it can mean any indigenous tribe to the America’s. As for what specific tribe the native American is referring to is unknown as the Wikipedia page doesn’t go into that much detail, it’s just referred to her heritage as Portuguese, Brazilian and Native American, and since Brazilian is not an ethnicity I’ve combined it with the Portuguese as I assumed that’s what it meant. But what you’re saying is true, the native American could be indigenous Brazilian but I still don’t see the harm in listing is as Native American, Brazil is in the America’s.

Gurrl August 11, 2014 at 4:12 pm

She didn’t mean Brazilian indigenous, she meant Native American. If she was part Native-Brazilian she would have stated it.

andrew October 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm

she is a junkie

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