First Nations

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

by madman on July 19, 2018

Birth Name: Elle-Máijá Apiniskim Tailfeathers

*Sami (father)
*Blackfoot First Nations (mother)

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is a Canadian writer, director, producer, and actor. Her father, who is from Norway, is Sami, and her mother is Canadian, of Blackfoot First Nations descent.


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Michael Greyeyes

by madman on May 24, 2018

Birth Name: Michael Joseph Charles Greyeyes

Place of Birth: Qu’Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada

Date of Birth: June 4, 1967

Ethnicity: Cree First Nations

Michael Greyeyes is a Canadian actor, choreographer, director, and educator.


Gig Young

by madman on January 14, 2018

Birth Name: Byron Elsworth Barr

Date of Birth: November 4, 1913

Place of Birth: St. Cloud, Minnesota, U.S.

Date of Death: October 19, 1978

Place of Death: Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

Ethnicity: French-Canadian, Dutch, English, Scottish, 1/128th Huron Native Canadian

Gig Young was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969).

Gig was the son of Emma Clements (Dingman) and James Earl “John” Barr. His father was born in Iowa, to Canadian parents. His mother was born in Minnesota, also to Canadian parents. He was married to drama coach Sophie Rosenstein, until her death, and to magazine editor Kim Schmidt, until his death. He had a daughter with his former wife, real estate agent Elaine Williams.

Gig’s paternal grandparents were William E. Barr and Jane Rice.

Gig’s maternal grandfather was Solomon Howard Dingman (the son of Jacob Schuyler Dingman and Phoebe Ann Tripp). Jacob was born in Charleston, New York, the son of Peter Dingman and Margaret Gardiner, of Dutch ancestry. Phoebe was born in Canada, the daughter of Charles Tripp and Jane E. Catherine Emma Woodworth.

Gig’s maternal grandmother was Clemence Meyette Croisetiere (the daughter of Charles Croisetiere and Julie Portneuf Heneau). Clemence was born in Québec, Canada. Charles was the son of Etienne Claude Croisetiere and Marie-Catherine Barthe.

Source: Genealogy of Gig Young (focusing on his mother’s side) –


Julie Payette

by Manila on December 20, 2017

Place of Birth: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Date of Birth: October 20, 1963

Ethnicity: French-Canadian, with small amounts of Belgian [Flemish, Walloon], Breton, English, First Nations [Algonquin and Kaskaskia], Irish, Scottish, and Spanish (Castilian)

Julie Payette is a Canadian businessperson, astronaut, and engineer. She has served as the 29th Governor General of Canada, since October 2, 2017.

Her father, André Payette, is an engineer. Her mother, Jacqueline (Carey), worked as a theatre accountant. Governor General Payette has a son with her former husband, Royal Canadian Air Force pilot William Flynn.

A few of Governor General Payette’s distant ancestors were First Nations, specifically Algonquin and Kaskaskia.

Governor General Payette is a fourth cousin of actor and comedian Jim Carrey. They share great-great-great-grandparents, Francois Carré and Marie Genevieve/Josephe Joly.

Governor General Payette’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her ninth great-grandfather, Pierre Payet (c. 1610, Libourne, Gironde, France – November 2, 1694, Montreal, Quebec).

Governor General Payette’s paternal grandfather was Roland Payet (later Payette, the son of Benoni Payet, later Payette, and of Élisabeth Marin). Roland was born in Montréal. Benoni was the son of François Payet (later Payette) and Tharsille Payet dit St-Amour. Élisabeth was the daughter of Louis Forêt dit Marin and Sophornie Quévillon.

Governor General Payette’s paternal grandmother was Jeanne Huberdeau (the daughter of Louis Huberdeau and Alice Martin). Jeanne was born in St-Hubert, Chambly. Louis was the son of Louis Huberdeau and Rose de Lima Brossard. Alice was the daughter of Alfred Martin and Malvina Ste-Marie.

Governor General Payette’s maternal grandfather was Noël Carey (the son of Adélard Carey and Blanche Asselin). Noël was born in Montréal. Adélard was the son of Paul Carré and Adelina Goulet. Blanche was the daughter of Joseph Asselin and Louise Robitaille.

Governor General Payette’s maternal grandmother was Cécile Marcotte (the daughter of Alphonse Marcotte and Ardelise Trépanier). Cécile was born in Montréal. Alphonse was the son of Octave Marcotte and Rosianne Marion. Ardelise was the daughter of Joseph Trépanier and Sophronie Desautels.

Governor General Payette’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her eleventh great-grandmother, Catherine Dorbelle (c. 1611, Amiens, Somme, France – December 1, 1708, Angers, Anjou, France).

Governor General Payette is a direct descendant of Zacharie Cloutier (c. 1590-1677), a prominent early Quebec settler.

Source: Genealogy of Julie Payette –

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Tyson Houseman

by stlucas on November 14, 2017

Tyson Houseman – “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Mann’s Village Theater – Westwood, CA. USA – Keywords: Tyson Houseman – False – – Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

Birth Name: Tyson Connor Houseman

Place of Birth: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Date of Birth: February 9, 1990

Ethnicity: Cree First Nations, European

Tyson Houseman is a Canadian actor.

Tyson is the son of Jennifer (Houseman) and comedian Howie Miller. Tyson’s father is of Cree First Nations (Native Canadian) ancestry. Tyson’s mother is white. They are pictured here.

Tyson has stated:

My father was the only person I ever knew who had an aboriginal background, and he was adopted by a German family. I didn’t grow up as an aboriginal person, but I wish I had more of a connection and knowledge of my root… because now, I’m trying to be a role model for the community. This was a feeling that’s been building up over the years since I landed the part on Twilight, especially when I found out that aboriginal kids tend to look up to actors like me.