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Introduction to Cherokee

Artist - Author: 
Gregg Howard
Excerpted from Introduction to Cherokee by Gregg Howard, Kevin W. Smith, Richard L. Eby, Sam Hider. Copyright © 1990. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved The accelerating force for Cherokees in the early 19th century for education was the eight-six character written syllabary developed by Sequoyah in 1821. For the first time, the Cherokee had a written language - an invention unique in the annuals of history. His syllabary is the only alphabet in man's history to be developed by one person. Sequoyah created it using "phonetics," or the sounds of the Cherokee language. Within months, several thousand Cherokees had learned to read and write the symbols and were teaching others. No school houses were built and no teachers hired. The whole nation became an academy for learning the system and in a matter of months, 85% of the people could read and write intheir own language. This course was extremely well-written with clear narration which made the course both pleasing and easy to comprehend. Indian News - Chattanooga, TN - 1992