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THE GENIUS OF SEQUOYAH - Carvings Of Cherokee Script's Dawn Found - BIO

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« on: July 12, 2009, 11:49:43 am »


Lithograph from Indian Tribes,
McKinney and Hall, 1856.

This lithograph is from the portrait painted by

Charles Bird King
in 1828

                                                                S E Q U O Y A H

Sequoyah (ᏍᏏᏉᏯ Ssiquoya, as he signed his name,


ᏎᏉᏯ Se-quo-ya, as his name is often spelled today in Cherokee
(circa 1767–1843),

named in English George Gist or Guess, was a Cherokee silversmith who in 1821 completed his independent creation of a Cherokee syllabary, making reading and writing in Cherokee possible.

This was one of the only times in recorded history that a member of an illiterate people independently created an effective writing system.

After seeing its worth, the Cherokee Nation rapidly began to use his syllabary and officially adopted it in 1825.

Their literacy rate rapidly surpassed that of surrounding European-American settlers.
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