Title

Sequoyah

Description

Black and white sketch of Sequoyah, including biographical narrative.

Transcription

Inventor of an alphabet

Sequoyah

Little is known about the parentage and early life of the man who gave his people an alphabet.. Born about 1760 in the Cherokee Nation, Georgia, and during his childhood lived alone with his mother at Tuskegee Town, Tenn.... The boy never attended school and never attended school and never learned the English language.. Sequoyah was a hunter, trapper, and also skilled in silver working. Injured while hunting and made a cripple for life.. Often visited the Moravian mission and was impressed with the advantages of civilization.. For 12 years he worked on a sylabary of the Cherokee language compsed of 85 characters which the Cherokees adopted in writing their language.. Sequoyah came with his people to Arkansas and assisted in reorganizing the Cherokeenation after migration of 1838...

In 1843 while searching for a band of lost Cherokees in the western mountains, Sequoyah died and was buried in Mexico.. A pension of $300 voted him by his nation during his life time was continued to his widow, the only literary pension the U.S... Mt. Sequoyah at Fayetteville and the Sequoia trees of California are named after him.. His English name was George Gist, or Guess..

Physical Description

Document, 11" x 14"

Language

English

Identifier

MS.000379, Image 57

Resource Type

Image

Collection

Walter J. Lemke drawings collection: biographical sketches, MS.000379

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Sequoyah, Walter J. Lemke drawings collection: biographical sketches, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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