Native Americans were among the first settlers in North America and have resided here ever since. Unfortunately, Native Americans have dealt with some pretty horrific things throughout their history from violence to racism to getting land taken from them. Their heritage is also portrayed in a stereotypical way very frequently, a la the logos for the Indians, Redskins, and Blackhawks. However, that is not an accurate stereotype for everyone of Native American descent. In fact, did you know that many of your favorite celebrities were of Native American descent? Here are 12 of them, with number 7 being one you would never expect.
#12 Jimi Hendrix
Hendrix was a legendary musician and actually had Native American blood on both sides of his family. He and his family always celebrated this heritage and, in fact, when he died, a number of his belongings were sent to National Museum of the American Indians. The next person is also among the most influential musicians of all time.
#11 Elvis Presley
The King of Rock ‘n Roll and arguably the most famous rock star in history is Native American. His great-great-great Grandmother was full-blood Cherokee, eventually married a white man, and the rest is history. Presley wanted to know about his family history so bad that he even went and spent some time with Native American tribes.
#10 Jessica Biel
Biel is a successful actress who is part Choctaw Indian on her mother’s side. It is likely that her unique look and high cheekbones come from that heritage. She takes pride in and stands by this Native American heritage. The next person is sometimes criticized for “playing up” their Native American heritage
#9 Johnny Depp
For a while, Depp was among the highest-paid and most popular actors in Hollywood, though his fame has waned in recent years. He comes from an area filled with Native American descendants, and claims his own grandmother has Native American blood. However, there is no direct proof of his ancestry and thus, he is sometimes ridiculed for taking such pride in it. While Depp might look like a rock star, the next celeb on our list really is one!
#8 Anthony Kiedis
The lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is not only an amazing musician, he is also part Mohican. He has a very diverse background of ancestry on both sides, and he is proud to include Native American on that list. He has several Mohican-inspired tattoos all over this body to show his pride.
#7 Megan Fox
Megan Fox is one of the sexiest actresses in Hollywood and says that she has some Cherokee ancestry. In fact, she uses this Cherokee history as an influence on her wardrobe, as it helps her feel more free and magical. She does this to pay respect to her Cherokee history.
#6 Chuck Norris
Norris has been an influential TV icon for years and is a martial arts star. What you may not have known about him is that he is nearly one-half Cherokee. Both his mother and father are half Cherokee and half Irish. The next woman is noted by her fans for her unique and gorgeous looks.
#5 Rosario Dawson
Dawson is without a doubt one of the most unique and gorgeous ladies in Hollywood, and that has helped her be very successful. Her father was caucasian with Native American ancestry. Though he wasn’t in her life at all, his genes have definitely stayed with her and helped her become a star.
#4 Jennifer Tilly
Tilly is an actress and poker player, whose parents both have fairly different backgrounds. Her father was Chinese American and her mother was Irish and First Nations. First Nations refers to aboriginal Canadians. She grew up in Canada, but moved to the USA in order to pursue an acting career.
#3 Ben Harper
Ben Harper is a very talented and successful musician with quite the ancestry in his family. His mother is Jewish and his father is African-American and Cherokee. That is quite the mix of ethnicities, but it obviously worked out well for him as he is an extremely talented man.
Cher claims to be from a mixed bag of different ancestors such as Irish, German, English and Native American. She often uses Native American headdresses and costumes during her performances, and even when she is out and about. While there is no proof behind her claims of her Native American heritage, she is still very proud.
#1 Lou Diamond Phillips
Like many others on this list, Phillips has a mix of multiple ethnicities in his background. He has Cherokee, Scottish, Hawaiian, Spanish, and more in his blood. He was also born in the Phillippines, but came to the USA where he has had a lot of success as an actor.
These are only 12 of the dozens of celebrities out there with Native American ancestry and are all names you likely know. There are surely many more out there that you would never guess. This is because the Native American people have a rich history and culture that spreads across North America. There exist a lot of different tribes out there, each with their own unique looks, culture, and beliefs. While not all of these celebrities celebrate their Native American roots extensively, this heritage has without a doubt played a significant role in them becoming the professionals they are today.