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Feb 11, 1990

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, directed by Terence Malick. Kilcher was born in Schweigmatt, Germany. Her name Q'orianka means "Golden Eagle" in Quechua. She speaks English and some German. She learned some words of the extinct Powhatan language, an Algonquian language, for her part in the film The New World. Her father is a Quechua artist from Peru. Her mother, Saskia Kilcher, is a human-rights activist of Swiss descent, born in Alaska and raised in Switzerland. Q'orianka has two brothers, Kainoa Kilcher and Xihuaru Kilcher, who both work as actors and stunt performers. Kilcher's maternal grandfather was Ray 'Pirate' Genet, a famous Alaskan mountaineer, and her cousin is Grammy-nominated singer Jewel Kilcher. When Kilcher was two, she and her mother moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where her brother Kainoa was born. Her father, from whom she is estranged, was absent for much of her life. Growing up in Hawaii, Kilcher was inspired by the local Hawaiian culture and started hula dancing at the age of 5. She also trained in Tahitian dance and West African,

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