New book explores Okaloosa County's Creek Indian heritage


Gayle Meyer, left, waits as Nathan Chessher signs a copy of the book, "Creek by Blood," during a Thursday book signing at Baker Block Museum. Julia Cadenhead, the book’s editor, looks on.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 03:06 PM.

BAKER — Nathan Chessher and Julia Cadenhead want Okaloosa County residents to know that Creek Indians’ presence here preceded widely circulated dates.

"We didn't just fall off the turnip truck," Chessher, author of the new book, “Creek by Blood,” said. The Crestview resident, a descendant of the tribe, explores the area’s rich Native American culture in the book’s pages.

"Nearly everybody in this part of the country has some Indian (heritage) within them,” Chessher said.

That, in part, is due to the tribe’s longevity in this area.

"(The book) documents the fact that there were indeed Native Americans here before 1800; that wasn't always known in this county," Cadenhead, the book's editor, said.

Early faith

The Creek Indians’ participation in primitive churches was a significant part of their presence here, Cadenhead said.

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