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15 Celebrities That Claim To Have Native American Ancestors
Dec 14, 2016

15 Celebrities That Claim To Have Native American Ancestors

There is a growing trend amongst celebs to reveal themselves as descendants of Native Americans. Despite lacking solid proof!

If you can trace your family lineage back to the days of Pocahontas, you instantly become a victim of history. Not only you get to brag about how they stole your land, but you can add some feathers to the wardrobe whenever you want.

1. Johnny Depp

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Johnny Depp dug out his family past and announced the world that he has some Native American blood in him.

Depp came forward twice, first in 2002, and again in 2011. The actor claims his great-grandmother was a Cherokee or Creek, which entitles him at being at least 1/8 a redskin.

Apparently, his declaration is not supported by any genetic proof, and only gullible fans can take it as a reliable fact. Moreover, the Cherokee Nation did not recognize him while raising a good point.

Depp’s ancestry resurfaced just in time to promote “The Lone Ranger,” where he portrayed Tonto, a Native American character. Apparently, this was a step backward regarding authenticity from the 1956 film.

Back then, they used a genuine Native American to play Tonto – Jay Silverheels.

2. Chuck Norris

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Fans of both Chuck Norris and redskin jokes have reasons to be happy.

It seems that the actor is the result of a strange breeding scenario. Norris claims that two of his four grandparents are pure-blooded Indians.

The 76-year-old seeks affiliation towards the Cherokee tribe. However, his claims are based more on tales. Official documents state all his ancestors as “white.”

But who is brave enough to start a quarrel with the renewed martial artist? “Walker, Texas Ranger” has multiple black belts, sufficient to scare even the most vocal critics.

Opposite to Johnny Depp, Norris obtained the acceptance of his people’s chief. He is a registered member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

3. Jessica Alba

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Jessica Alba has a last name that seems to put people in quicksand when it comes to guessing her real ethnicity.

The exotic actress accepted a DNA test in 2014 to have her origins finally revealed to the public. However, the results were a bit disappointing. More than 70% of her genes are European, while the rest of them take us on an incredible journey around the world.

22% of Jessica Alba is Native American, enough to grant her access to the list. Moving on, our minds contemplate the remarkable possibility of playing with the magical DNA of one of the hottest celebs.

We have one simple question for the guys in the white coats that did this. Did it ever cross your mind to clone Alba and give one to every single male on the planet?

4. Cher

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Cher’s rise to fame brought with it a backlash against many stereotypes, including those race related.

The highly influential singer embraced from the very begging her mixed ancestry. You can’t get something more Caucasian than Armenia, so Cher’s father falls out of the question.

Not the same can be said about her mother. Georgia Holt claimed a bit of Cherokee blood alongside the usual English, Irish, and German component most Americans have.

Cher can call herself lucky. The less common genes blessed her with a stage persona easy to remember. In the photo above, Cher takes full advantage of her heritage to score fans amongst the Redskins.

Keep in mind that we are just getting started. The celebs so far were only to warm you up. What comes next is much better!

5. Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus is a modern day Pocahontas every settler would want to “colonize.”

The star is often seen wearing leather bands, turquoise beads, and dreamcatchers as necklaces. Even so, Miley fools few people.

The Cherokee elders labeled Miley as an Indian wannabe that is completely ignorant towards authentic traditions. Although there might be a small percentage of Native American blood running through Miley, it is not enough to make a full pledged member of the tribe.

Of course, we know how to read between the lines. Miley’s on-stage performances took a turning point for extreme awkwardness, enough to make even the silliest Indian tribe delimit itself from her.

6. Jimi Hendrix

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We all know Jimi Hendrix as the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.

And it seems there is no mystery about his ethnic background. However, a closer look at the family tree revealed that there is more to the mix than African American ancestors.

Some Cherokee blood was involved because Hendrix’s paternal grandmother was one-quarter Indian.

Of course, we might be facing an epidemiology here. There is one theory that suggests blood connections with Native Americans give celebrities the badly-needed dose of controversy and myth.

Hendrix died intoxicated with drugs when he was just a 27-year-old. We can use this argument to support the claim for the Cherokee origin. Everyone knows that Indians have a special relationship with substance abuse.

7. Anthony Kiedis

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Anthony Kiedis’s ancestry is a puzzle that stretches your geographic knowledge to its maximum.

His family moved from Lithuania to America at the beginning of the 20th century, adding Greek, English, French, and Dutch blood in the mix along the way.

To make matters even more exotic, Kiedis is part Mohican. Those genes most likely prevailed, because the lead singer of Red Hot Chili Peppers is far from the blonde male prototype of his home country.

Kiedis chose to commemorate his Native American ancestry by acquiring multiple tattoos with an Indian theme. Girls probably know them already, as the artist is never shy on performing topless.

Chief Sitting Bull (upper right arm) and Chief Joseph (upper left arm) were the first to come, showing that Kiedis took immense pride in his Mohican roots.

8. Jessica Simpson

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Jessica Simpson is another celeb that insists she has an Indian ancestry worth exploring.

We haven’t heard much from Simpson since she started riding the weight roller coaster. Therefore, the news comes right in time.

According to most sources, the singer is 1/16 Native American, which means that at least one of her great-grandparents was a redskin. We have to admit that the European genes are unyielding inside her.

Jessica Simpson’s family has an ancestry that includes Scottish, German, and Swiss roots. Our trained eye is quick to spot that her blonde hair has nothing to do with the original inhabitants of the North American continent.

Like many others before her, Jessica is convinced the Indian attribute boosts her popularity. There are 3 million Natives in the US, and enlisting them as fans is enough to re-launch your career.

Still not impressed by the celebs that turned out to have Indian blood in them? The next one is so shocking it outraged all the tribe leaders!

9. Karlie Kloss

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Karlie Kloss was only 20 when she stunned the world with her sexy Indian outfit.

The incredible appearance on the catwalk occurred back in 2012, during the 17th annual show of Victoria’s Secret. Of course, not everyone was happy with a model exposing her ancestry in such a crude manner.

The company’s inbox was flooded with complaints coming from the many Indian chieftains that took it as a serious offense. Apparently, the hot feather headdress Kloss wore brought back many bad memories.

Like you have seen so far, only female Indians have contributed with their genetic material to produce the celebs we know and love today.

You don’t have to be a genius to understand what happened. Spoiled white colonist chose the most beautiful Indian women to be their wives and separated them from their lost tribes.

10. Tori Amos

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Tori Amos is one of the most respected musicians today and her ancestry is complex enough to include Native Americans.

The 53-year-old takes pride in having two great-great-grandparents belonging to the Eastern Cherokee confederation of tribes. Amos came out in the open and confessed how this apparently small detail influenced her life.

Born and raised in a Methodist family, Amos rejected the values of Christianity for what she considered to be more authentic. Native Americans built no churches and had no precise depictions of God as all of today’s major religion.

Instead, they agreed to the idea that God is everywhere and in everyone. We don’t know how much this change of mentality helped Tori Amos reach where he is today.

However, she deserves a prize for being the one celeb that took her affiliation to the Native Indian culture the furthest.

11. Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Underwood rose amongst the stars when she won the fourth season of American Idol in 2005.

However, we are here to talk about the strange ethnic mix that led to the Carrie we know today. While her primary ancestry is European (Scottish, Irish, and German to be exact), there is also a distant lineage that indicates Muscogee Creek.

If you are not familiar with the name, we will tell you that the Muscogee people inhabited areas like of present-day Georgia, Alabama, and northern Florida.

Like in most cases, Carrie has nothing but family tales to confirm the authenticity of her claim. Old census papers show her folks as “white,” but we all know how easy it is to manipulate those things.

We have to take her word for granted.

12. Elvis Presley

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Genealogy is fun to explore, and the results are often mind blowing.

Who would have thought that the great Elvis had Indian blood running through his veins? We know a lot of white supremacists that would have killed to know the rock and roll legend was not pure-blooded.

Back in the days, talks like the one we are having were taboo. However, a lot has changed since then. Biographers of Elvis have no trouble telling you that his great-great-great-grandmother was a Cherokee Native American.

We are generous with details in the case of Elvis’s distant Indian ancestor and we will say her name. We would love traveling back in time to inform Morning Dove White that she will have a famous descendant. However, we would have to explain rock and roll to a redskin familiar only with tribal music.

If Elvis did not crack your head open, we still have more for you. Like always, we keep the heavy guns for the final assault. No one expected her!

13. Megan Fox

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Native American ancestry works very well to explain the unusual beauty Megan Fox received as a gift.

Megan might be mostly of English descent, but she was never shy to call herself a child of the Cherokee Tribe. We don’t know what lead to that, especially because her presumed ancestry puts her in connection with the Powhatan tribe.

Megan used the title “the_native_tiger” to label her Instagram account, and we all know what she seeks with that. The Pocahontas myth is an all-time classic for Americans and reviving it scores extra points at least in the period leading to Thanksgiving Day.

It’s not hard to imagine Megan Fox wearing a skimpy Indian costume and playing naïve with her white overlords.

14. Angelina Jolie

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There is something about Angelina Jolie that makes it very hard to pinpoint the exact ethnic recipe.

Besides the French Canadian, Slovak, German, and Dutch ancestry, the recently divorced star also claims an Iroquois connection from her mother’s side.

No, that doesn’t mean she came from Iraq. The Iroquois were an influential Native American confederacy that held the land in the north-east regions of the United States. As you suspect, they died because of wars and epidemics.

Going back to Angelina, many have contested her claim, largely because there is no written document to attest the link. True or not, the fact that her mother founded the “All Tribes Foundation” scores extra points on the credibility scale.

15. Jessica Biel

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Jessica Biel can be grateful to her Native American ancestry for the high cheekbones that made her so wanted in Hollywood.

According to the 34-year-old actress, it was her mother that brought those genes in the pool. To be more precise, Biel claims Choctaw ancestry alongside the more typical German, English, French, and Irish roots.

Seeing so many celebs with family trees branching to include Native Americans gives a small sense of justice. Although colonist replaced most of the original population of the continent, some roots survived and sprouted beauty and talent.

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