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Georgia Mountain family discovers that they ARE Maya!

Georgia Mountain family discovers that they ARE Maya!


A lady from Florida contacted me on LinkedIn yesterday with fascinating information.  Her family always lived in the rugged mountains near my house, where I am finding so many incredible ruins.   The region was ceded to the United States in 1818, so was not part of the Cherokee Nation during the “Trail of Tears” Period.    Apparently, there names were not on the “pickup” list of Cherokees living outside the boundaries. Also, US Army soldiers missed them, when illegally arresting Creeks and Uchees, who were citizens of the State of Georgia and therefore not subject to deportation.

They always thought that their ancestors were Cherokees, even though they really didn’t look like Cherokees . . . tall and lanky with narrow noses and deep-set eyes.  Well . . . her uncle living near Dahlonega, GA just had a DNA test.   It came back that he WAS Maya, not that he just had Maya ancestry.  The high level of Mesoamerican DNA test markers could only be possible, if he was one generation removed from a full-blood.  The “Maya” label may mean that he is southern Mesoamerican like the Soque and most Creeks, not necessarily a descendant of a tribe now labeled “Maya” or they could actually be descended from the Itza Mayas, who established a town named Itsate, where the village of Sautee is now located. She is driving up to a family reunion in the near future.   She said that she will get us more photos and detailed family information so I can write a report on the discovery.  I am going to ask her family to be our Public Relations Department so that they can write the US Forest Service,  Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists, Society for Georgia Archaeology, etc, with a request . . .  “Now tell us again why that you know for a fact as skilled professional archaeologists that the Mayas did not come to Georgia.

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Nice 🙂
    Love this stuff…….


    That’s amazing and changes everything; it can no longer be denied!


    sounds like you’re saying, knowingly or not, that if this family’s ancestors had not been missed, if they’d been deported with the rest of their people, this evidence of Maya’s in Georgia would not exist,, have you considered the possibility that this was the reason for the relocation, to hide that fact?

    of course this would suggest that in order for that to be the case, there were and still are Americans, also Europeans, who knew the connection, otherwise they couldn’t purposely erase evidence of it,, it dovetails with your theories that Northwestern Europeans came here millenniums before history records it, and never forgot,, more than that, they knew enough about who and where the connections back to them were to be able to cover it up


    How utterly exciting! I am interested in knowing what company did the DNA testing.

    • I will have more information soon and will include that company’s name in the report.


    Excellent!. . . I’ve the same result showing in my DNA analysis. Because, I’ve direct lineages from GA/AL/FL & MX, I can’t be certain how to exactly account for whether my “Peru” etc results pertain to one or both lineages yet. However, I must say that I’m very pleased to see this evidence surfacing for someone else & especially in an area so critical to my genealogical research. I especially find this matter interesting because you’ve written here before on finding evidence of this ancestral connection among “The People.” I’m finding information provided by DNA analysis to be a powerful/insightful tool in many respects. It’s especially useful in situations where families haven’t talked about their n8v Ancestry. This feature has been useful to me because I’ve had suspicion for years that my family has this ancestry & now I’m able to see the matter more clearly with the evidence provided by this science. This brings another angle to be being “Informed” in a manner that cannot be diminished/denied & no longer concealed. . . . Thank you for sharing.

    • The Panoan (Peruvian) DNA arrived here during the Middle Woodland Period. Swift Creek Style pottery was being made in the eastern foothills of Peru at least 1-2 centuries before arriving in SW Georgia at the Mandeville Site around 100 AD. It is very similar to a style of pottery made by the first Polynesian civilization.


        My Mother’s DNA shows MesoAmerican. We have a grandmother from the Revolutionary war period who was native to the coastal Savannah river area.

        • That is very interesting. My Creek and Uchee heritage is from the Lower Savannah River also.


    I would like to leave a donation, but the notice at the PayPal button returns me to your website. I am a writer of literary fiction. I am revising a story that takes place in 1864 about forced migration in the area of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. My research includes the movement of people in the Americas from pre-history to the Last Glacial Maximum.

    • I do not know what happened John. I clicked the website, I gave one dollar to myself and it took me to PayPal. I don’t know of any forced migration in 1864, but there was a large group of Creeks, who were citizens of Georgia, but illegally deported in 1840 and 1855 during the Second and Third Seminole Wars. I had several relatives in NE Georgia, who had everything stolen from them by a sheriff’s posse, then were marched in chains clear across the northern part of Georgia to the Alabama line. They had to work as laborers at a plantation for a year, until the Creek Nation paid for their transportation to Oklahoma.


    This is so EXCITING!!!! I am in awe.


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