One of the underlying stories of Cherokee identity is that the Cherokees rose against their hereditary priestly caste, the AniKutani, and destroyed them.
In this five-part series, a US researcher looks for the cause of the sudden demise of the Mayan high civilization, and finds evidence that a long drought destroyed the agriculture, leading the priests to increase human sacrifice to appease the gods. He finds evidence of the extermination of an entire family of the priestly caste. In all details found so far, this parallels the story of the destruction of the Kutani priests.
In the Cherokee story, the AniKutani re-introduced human sacrifice in an attempt to relieve a severe drought. One warrior, enraged at the sacrifice of his wife, kills a priest. To the amazement of the community, he is not immediately struck dead by lightning. The other take this as their cue, and begin an extermination of the Kutani "in a single night." Afterward and to this day, Cherokee reject any type of human sacrifice or ritual cannibalism as an abomination, and reject any concept of an inherited right to rule over them.
While the story is now told as if this all happened in the Echota area (See Robert J. Conley's novel, The Dark Way), it's long been suggested this might be a relocation of something that happened in southern Mexico before the Cherokee ancestors and others came north.There are other nations who also claim to have come north to escape the tyranny of the human sacrifice religions, and who even give names to the main characters of the story.