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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