The Book That Inspired the Film

A Demand of Blood, chronicles the Cherokee War of 1776. The book introduces for the first time in a historical narrative the legendary Cherokee war chief Dragging Canoe, who deftly navigated his way through treachery and betrayal and led the charge to regain sovereignty over Cherokee land. He delivered on his promise of making new Kentucky settlements ‘dark and bloody,’ and afterwards, the militia sprang to action. 

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A Demand of Blood is imaginative, gracefully written, and brimming with excellent research in archival sources. Nadia Dean powerfully conveys a visceral sense of eighteenth-century people and places and vibrantly recaptures the gritty realities of everyday life among Cherokees and colonists.” (David L. Preston, Professor of History, The Citadel Military College)

“Takes us back to a time when the fields and woodlands of these mountains were filled not with the noise of traffic, construction and the schoolyard shouts of children at recess, but with the explosions of musketry, war cries and the dark silence following massacre and devastation.” (Read full review, “History of Cherokee War is Top Notch,” in Smoky Mountain News by Jeff Minick, April 17, 2013.)

“In a journey that brought her back hundreds of years through manuscripts, old letters and archives, [Nadia Dean] has uncovered a hero, written a book and shed light on one of the lesser understood times in American, Appalachian and Cherokee history.” (Read full article, “A Forgotten Chapter: Author Ventures into Dragging Canoe's Rebel War Against the Whites,” in Smoky Mountain News by Andrew Casper, April 10, 2013.)

“This first narrative about the Cherokee War of 1776 tells of Revolutionary War intrigue and politicos who dispatched 6,000 militia who torched their way through the Appalachians, destroying over 50 Cherokee towns. Nadia Dean brings to life a powerful saga, which has laid dormant for the last 237 years.” (Lamar Marshall, Cultural Heritage Director, Wild South)