The Dogwood People are the Little People of Cherokee mythology and are also called the Dagwood People because Native Americans made daggers from the dogwood tree because dogwood is a hardwood. The Dogwood People are mountain deities.
There is a swamp dogwood but no Dogwood People from the swamp. My novel uses Little People but I needed a swamp version so I used creative license. Seminole myth has Little People but the Creek tribe from which the Seminoles branched off from—don’t. This hints that Native American mythology isn’t complete.
My novel involves the Timberlake family from which the Flying Silverlakes branched off from. Obviously the Flying Silverlakes are circus people. Curiously, the actor who played Dagwood in the Blondie movies was one of these Silverlakes and much of our knowledge about Cherokees come from Henry Timberlake. Circus folk play a role in my novel so these coincidences weave well into the storyline. The creator of the comic strip, from which Dagwood Bumstead comes, lived the latter years of his life in Florida, so I have another thematic match.