Sequoyah and his talking leaves a play about the cherokee syllabary by wim coleman and pat perrin illustrated by siri weber feeney this is a childrens book about sequoyah s si qua ya and his creation of a cherokee writing system or syllabary. Sequoyahs talking leaves introduction there are many different versions of the story of sequoyah and his syllabary but most point to sequoyah as the creator of the written cherokee language. He returned east in 1821 to present it to the tribe and then returned to indian territory in 1822 where he first taught the written language in the west in 1824 the general council of the cherokee nation voted to give sequoyah a large silver medal as an honor for his creation of the syllabary. How sequoyah inspired by talking leaves invented the cherokee writing system hence he invented the cherokee syllabary with which to write the cherokee language this was one of two times in recorded history when a pre literate person created an original and efficient writing system. Sequoyah sequoya sequoia sikwayi inventor of the cherokee syllabary this is a story about a poor crippled uneducated and ridiculed half breed indian who triumphed over insurmountable odds to bring a gift to his people that was so great that it is unrivaled in all human history
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