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Sequoyah The Cherokee tribe is just one of the many tribes in North America They originate from the southeastern portion of North America presently the states of North Carolina South Carolina Tennessee and Georgia They are the only tribe to obtain a written language and a government modled upon the United States Sequoyah the most famous Cherokee was the inventor of the written Cherokee syllabry By bieng able to read and write their own language they were able to print newspapers and record historical events in CherokeeThis invention helped revolutionize the Cherokees society and culture Sequoyah was born along the Tennessee River in the small village of Tuskegee Tennessee in the 1770s Unlike most Cherokee leaders Sequoyah was only half Cherokee His father Nathaniel Gist was an English fur-trader and his mother Wureth was a member of the Paint Clan of the Cherokee tribe One unique thing is that he had two names Sequoyah his native american name and George Gist after his father Sequoyah his native american name was given to him because of his walking dificulty dirived from birth While growing up he was traditionally reared in the old tribal ways and customs and became a hunter and fur-trader Further along his travels he obtained the skills of a Silvercraftsman and worked in Cherokee County Georgia He also joined the United States Army and faught in the Creek War in 1813-1814 Later in Georgia while selling one of his silver-works a man suggested that he sign his name to his works like the more popular craftsmen had began to do Taking that into thought he became very interested in the idea With that in mind he visited Charles Hicks a wealthy farmer who was able to read and write in English who showed him how to write his name on a piece of paper Now able to write his own name in English Sequoyah was determined to preserve the Cherokee culture
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