Sequoyah (Civilization of the American Indian Series, Vol by Grant Foreman

By Grant Foreman

Sequoyah is commonly celebrated as an unlettered Cherokee Indian who, totally from the assets of his personal terrific brain, endowed his entire tribe with learning-the basically guy in heritage to conceive and ideal in its entirety an alphabet or syllabary.
 
Soon after 1800, Sequoyah started to notice the magic of writing. He and different Indians of the time, who sometimes observed samples of writing, known as those mysterious pages the white man's "talking leaf." He experimented aimlessly firstly, yet progressively his notion took sensible form. It used to be gradual and onerous paintings for an untutored Cherokee.
 
Finally, after twelve years of work and discouragement, he accomplished his syllabary, composed of eighty-five symbols, each one representing a legitimate within the Cherokee language. The simplicity of the syllabary and its effortless adaptability to the speech and considered his humans enabled them to grasp it in a number of days. The Cherokee country used to be made essentially literate inside of a couple of months.

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John Stuart of the Seventh Infantry, who saw much service in the Indian Territory. He was so greatly interested in the Indians that in the winter of 183738 he published a little book entitled A Sketch of the Cherokee and Choctaw Indians. Sequoyah's home was near the military road running from Fort Smith to Fort Gibson and it was an easy matter for passing army officers and other travelers to stop for a visit with this remarkable Indian. At the time Stuart's little book made its appearance about a year before his death at Fort Wayne, he was in command of Fort Coffee.

Ross told him that in this place lived George Guess, who for a year had been so intensely absorbed in his foolish undertaking that he had neglected to do other labor, and permitted his farm to be overrun with weeds and briars. "We rode on," said Boudinot, "and I thought no more of Sequoyah and his alphabet, until a portion of the Cherokees had actually become a reading people. " The 2500 Cherokees removed from Arkansas in 1829 up the Arkansas River to their new home and Sequoyah located on the west side of Skin Bayou.

From the inclosed certificate of Genl. S. agent that his improvements [abandoned by him in the East] should be valued and the money paid at the Western Agency. He had two improvements and by the 6th Art. of the treaty of 1817 the Govt. ' "By the treaty of 1819 however, the Cherokee boundary was so established that both improvements were included in the lands reserved to the Nation; still this did not alter his determination to emigrate. I do not now recollect the exact time of his removal. In 1828 we find him in this city, one of the Delegation from the Western Cherokees, and who formed the treaty of that year.

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