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On a Saturday evening in February 2003, more than four hundred indigenous people from the Guatemala highlands gathered in the assembly hall of the Cherokee County middle school in north Georgia to celebrate the feast day of Santa Eulalia.1 Santa Eulalia is the patron saint of a town by the same name in the department of Huehuetenango where many of the Q’anjobal Maya immigrants living in north Georgia come from.
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Text by Mary Odem; video by William Brown and Mary Odem.
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Athens (formally known as Athens-Clarke County) is a consolidated city–county in the U. state of Georgia, in the northeastern part of the state about an hour's drive from the global city of Atlanta, and comprising the former city of Athens proper (the county seat) and Clarke County.
The University of Georgia, the state's flagship public research university, is located in this college town, and contributed to its initial growth.