Not many people can claim to have invented an alphabet – but that’s exactly what 1 accomplished. Some oral historians contend that the written Cherokee language is 2 much older; however, even if such a written language had existed, it was lost until Sequoyah came along. His extraordinary achievement marks the only known instance of an individual creating a totally 3 system of writing.
Born in the 1770s in the Cherokee village of Tuskegee, Sequoyah was also known by his English name, George Gist or Guess. Sequoyah, reared in the old tribal ways and 4 He was also a skilled silver craftsman 5 never learned to speak, write, or read English. However, he was always fascinated by the ability to communicate by making distinctive marks on 6 of his tribe referred to as “talking leaves.”
Handicapped from a hunting accident and therefore having more time for study, Sequoyah set about 7 his own system of communication in 1809. He devoted the next dozen years to his task. Despite accusations that he was insane or practicing witchcraft, Sequoyah became obsessed with his work on the Cherokee language. 
Ultimately, Sequoyah determined the Cherokee language was made up of particular clusters of sounds and combinations of vowels and consonants. The eighty-five characters in the syllabary 9 all the possible combinations of these sounds. In 1812, Sequoyah’s demonstration of the system before a gathering of astonished tribal leaders was so dramatically convincing that 10
Within several months, a substantial number of people in the Cherokee Nation were able 11 to read and write in their own language. Many members of the tribe 12 to read and write in English, 13 the syllabary made it possible for virtually all the members of the Cherokee Nation, young and old, to master 14 language in a relatively short period of time.
In 1827, the Cherokee council approved funding for the establishment of a national newspaper. Early the following year, the hand press was shipped by water from Boston and brought 200 miles overland to the capital of the Cherokee Nation, New Echota. The inaugural issue, “Tsa la gi Tsu lehisanunhi” or “Cherokee Phoenix,” printed in both Cherokee and English, appeared on February 21, 1828. 
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