Q’orianka Waira Qoiana Kilcher (born February 11, 1990) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Pocahontas in the 2005 film The New World.
Kilcher was born in Schweigmatt, Germany; she speaks English, some German and some words of the extinct Powhatan language, an Algonquian language (which she learned for her part in The New World). Her name means “Golden Eagle” in Quechua. Her father is a Peruvian artist of Quechua/Huachipaeri descent. Her mother, Saskia Kilcher, a human-rights activist of Swiss descent, was born in Alaska and raised in Switzerland. Kilcher’s maternal grandfather was Ray ‘Pirate’ Genet, a famous Alaskan mountaineer. She is a cousin of Grammy-nominated singer Jewel Kilcher.
When she was two, her parents moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where her brother, Kainoa, was born. Her father, from whom she is now estranged, was absent for much of her early life. Kilcher was inspired by the local Hawaiian dancers and trained… read more