Indigenous Mexican

Yalitza Aparicio

by follers on September 9, 2018

Gabriela Rodriguez, Nancy García García, guest, Yalitza Aparicio, Alfonso Cuarón, Marina de Tavira, Tess Bu Cuarón, Olmo Teodoro Cuarón, David Li – 75th Annual Venice International Film Festival – “Roma” – Arrivals – Sala Grande – Venice, Italy – Photo Credit: Laurent Koffel /

Ethnicity: Mexican

Yalitza Aparicio is a Mexican actress. She stars in Alfonso Cuaron’s 2018 film Roma.


Mariee Sioux

by bablah on August 23, 2017

Birth Name: Marie Sioux Sobonya

Place of Birth: Humboldt, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 4, 1985

*Hungarian, Polish, Croatian (father)
*Mexican [Spanish, Indigenous], Paiute Native American (mother)

Mariee Sioux is an American folk singer and songwriter.

Mariee’s paternal grandfather likely was Paul Joseph Sobonya (the son of Steve Sobonya and Elizabeth Muska). Paul’s parents were Hungarian.

Mariee’s paternal grandmother is Catherine Dorothy Bistrovich (the daughter of Izidor/John Bistrovich/Bistrović-Pić and Wiktoria/Victoria Money/Pieniadz). Izidor was from Bednja, Yugoslavia, and was of Croatian ancestry; he was the son of Franjo Bistrović-Pić and Jana Češnjaj. Wiktoria was Polish, from Januszkowice, Podkarpackie Voivodeship.

Mariee’s maternal grandparents are Lauro Enrigue “Henry” Holguin and Carolina B. Salazar (the daughter of Tiburcio Salazar and Josephine Leiva). Tiburcio was the son of Pedro Salazar and Elena Marquez. Josephine was the daughter of Robert Roque Leiva and Maria Elena Martinez.

Sources: Mariee’s paternal grandmother, Catherine Dorothy Bistrovich, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Baptism record of Mariee’s paternal great-grandfather, Izidor/John Bistrovich/Bistrović-Pić –

Birth record of Mariee’s maternal grandfather, Lauro Enrigue “Henry” Holguin –

Birth record of Mariee’s maternal grandmother, Carolina B. Salazar –

Mariee’s maternal great-grandfather, Tiburcio Salazar, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death record of Mariee’s maternal great-grandfather, Tiburcio Salazar –

Mariee’s maternal great-grandmother, Josephine Leiva, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Mariee’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Robert Roque Leiva, on the 1880 U.S. Census –


Manny Montana

by stlucas on April 16, 2017

Place of Birth: Long Beach, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 12, 1983

Ethnicity: Mexican (Spanish, some Indigenous, and Irish)

Manny Montana is an American actor. His parents are Mexican.

Manny has stated:

I’m first generation Mexican-American, with a lot of Spanish, Native American, and Irish blood in me. At first my family didn’t know what to make of my career choice. They were always supportive but would always say things like, ‘Make sure you have a side job or make sure you have a back up plan.’ As the years progressed that slowly changed to, ‘oh OK, keep it up maybe one day you’ll get a break.’ Now if you ask anyone in my family what I do for a living the answer is a simple, ‘he’s an actor.’ And that is something I’m extremely proud of.

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Kaya Jones

by madman on October 8, 2016

"On Point Beauty" TV Movie Launch at Gavert Atelier in Beverly Hills

Birth Name: Chrystal Neria

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: August 28, 1984

*Italian/Sicilian, Mexican, German, Indigenous (father)
*Jamaican [African, Spanish, German, Irish] (mother)

Kaya Jones is a Canadian-American pop singer, model, and actress. She performed with The Pussycat Dolls, a band whose members also included Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Nicole Scherzinger, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thornton, and Kimberly Wyatt.

Kaya was born in Toronto, the daughter of Barbara and Christopher Neria. She grew up partly in the Caribbean, and later moved to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kaya’s father was born under Neria, the surname of his own mother. Kaya’s paternal grandmother’s ancestry is Italian/Sicilian, Mexican (including likely Indigenous Mexican), and German. It is not publicly known who Kaya’s biological paternal grandfather was.

Kaya’s mother’s family is Jamaican, and is of African, Spanish, German, and Irish descent. A picture of Kaya’s maternal grandparents can be seen here.

In 2017, Kaya joined the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, being listed as director, under the title Native American Ambassador for Trump. Kaya has said, “Be that Native woman – I Am Native,” adding, “My father is Native American,” and also “my father is full Native” and that he was “Raised full born half.” This Native American ancestry is often referred to specifically as Apache. Kaya’s Native American ancestry has been disputed by family history researchers, with no genealogical evidence of it having evidently been produced. Some discussion of the issue can be read here.

A DNA test whose results Kaya displayed on her Twitter feed stated that her genetic ancestry includes:

*31% Great Britain
*25% Europe West
*16% Native American

While it may come from Apache Native American ancestry, Kaya’s Native American DNA result may be reflective of Indigenous ancestry from Mexico, which she likely has through her father.

Kaya’s paternal grandmother is Donna Cecelia Neria (the daughter of San Alopinar/Apolinar Paul Neria and Mary Virginia Geller). Donna was born in Texas. Paul was born in Texas, the son of Felipe Neria, who was from Palermo, Sicily, and of Hilaria Bustamante, who was Mexican. Kaya’s great-great-grandfather Felipe died at Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Kaya’s great-grandmother Mary was born in Texas, and was of German descent. She was the daughter of William Conbay Giller and Lucian Mary Sandkuhl.

Kaya’s maternal grandfather was Dr. Tennyson Byron Sinclair (the son of Dr. Edmund Mortimer Sinclair and Kesiah Isabel). Tennyson was born in Limón, Costa Rica, and had African and Spanish ancestry. His parents were from Jamaica.

Kaya’s maternal grandmother was Cicily/Cecily Ianthe Bodden (the daughter of Alfred William Bodden and likely Charliana/Charlianna Reginella/Retinella Bowen). Cicily was a Jamaican, of German and Irish descent. Alfred was the son of William Francis Bodden. Charliana was the daughter of Frank Bowen.

Sources: Obituary of Kaya’s paternal great-grandmother, Mary Virginia (Geller) Neria –

Marriage record of Kaya’s maternal grandparents, Tennyson Byron Sinclair and Cicily/Cecily Ianthe Bodden –

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Julia Michaels

by Manila on August 25, 2016

Birth Name: Julia Carin Cavazos

Place of Birth: Davenport, Iowa, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 13, 1993

*Mexican [Spanish, some Indigenous] (father)
*Dutch, English, French, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish (mother)

Julia Michaels is an American singer and songwriter. Her father, Juan Manuel “John” Cavazos, is of Mexican descent. Her mother, Julie Doreen (Scriven), is a native of Davenport, Iowa.

Julia’s paternal grandparents are Rolando Alejandro Cavazos Carmona (the son of Juan Manuel Cavazos Caballero and María del Refugio Carmona Martínez) and Ofelia García. Rolando and Ofelia are Mexican immigrants, from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas and Los Herreras, Nuevo León, respectively. Julia’s great-grandfather Juan was the son of Juan Cavazos Rodríguez and Alejandra Caballero Rodríguez. Refugio was the daughter of Gregorio Carmona Dávila and María Josefa Martínez Quiroga.

Julia’s maternal grandparents are Arthur Thomas Scriven, Jr. (the son of Arthur Thomas Scriven, Sr. and Mildred Alene Hamilton) and Juanita Sue (possibly Lewis). Julia’s great-grandfather Arthur was the son of Thomas Leslie Scriven and Grace Ellen Slover. Mildred is the daughter of Hollie Oscar Hamilton and Bertha Alice Miller.

Sources: Marriage records of Julia’s paternal great-grandparents, Juan Manuel Cavazos Caballero and María del Refugio Carmona Martínez – https://familysearch.orgF (Church) (Civil)

Birth record of Julia’s paternal great-grandfather, Juan Manuel Cavazos Caballero –

Baptismal record of Julia’s paternal great-grandfather, Juan Manuel Cavazos Caballero –

Birth record of Julia’s paternal great-grandmother, María del Refugio Carmona Martínez –

Genealogy of Julia’s maternal grandfather, Arthur Thomas Scriven, Jr. (focusing on his father’s side) –

Julia’s maternal great-grandmother, Mildred Alene Hamilton, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Julia’s likely maternal grandmother, Juanita Sue, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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