Birth Name: Sky Tonia Ferreira
Place of Birth: Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: July 8, 1992
*father – Brazilian [Portuguese, possibly other]
*mother – one quarter Ashkenazi Jewish [matrilineal], Native American [Chippewa (Ojibwe), Cree, Chippewa-Cree, Cheyenne], Scottish, English, Irish, French
Sky Ferreira is an American singer, songwriter, model, and actress. She is the daughter of Tonia and Victor 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 Chippewa (Ojibwe), Cree, Chippewa-Cree, and Cheyenne. Her own maternal grandmother, Sky’s matrilineal great-grandmother, was Ashkenazi Jewish. Sky’s mother also has Scottish, English, Irish, and French ancestry.
A picture of Sky’s parents can be seen here.
Sky’s maternal grandfather is Gary LaMere, Sr. (the son of David “Dave” LaMere, Jr. and Eunice Mitchell). David was the son of David “Dave” LaMere, Sr., who had Chippewa [Ojibwe] ancestry, and of Rose Caplette, whose parents were Cree. Her mother was born in Canada. Sky’s great-grandmother Eunice was the daughter of Malcolm Gilbert Mitchell and Caroline Whitford, and had Chippewa and Chippewa-Cree ancestry.
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.
Genealogy of Sky’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, George Gillespie (through George’s sister) – https://www.wikitree.com
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