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From:  Lourdes Tollette
Date:  Wed Dec 2, 1998  7:58 pm



The invention of SignWriting is at times compared to the invention of the
written alphabet for the Cherokee Indian language. The Cherokee Indian chief
Sequoyah, who invented the written form for his native spoken language, was
also surrounded by controversy for 25 years. His own people burned his books
and threatened his life. They actually put him on trial for being a witch, but
then he taught the jurors at the trial how to read and write (I am not kidding,
that is the story!) and they decided it was pretty terrific!! So instead of
executing him, they decided to use Sequoyah's alphabet, and now the Cherokee
Indian language is preserved for future generations.

Interesting, I didn't know about this. And I believe you.. you are no
kidding.. Smile!


  Replies Author Date
629 Cherokee Written Alphabet Valerie Sutton Wed  12/2/1998
639 Re: your mail John Hill Thu  12/3/1998
643 Re: your mail Valerie Sutton Fri  12/4/1998

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