The Cherokee syllabary was invented by a single individual named
Sequoyah (ᏍᏏᏉᏯ) to write the Cherokee language in 1819. He is credited
as the only known person in history to create an alphabet from scratch
without knowing how to read or write.
Around 1809, impressed by the “talking leaves” of European written
languages, Sequoyah began work to create a writing system for the
Cherokee language. After attempting to create a character for each
word, Sequoyah realized this would be too difficult and eventually
created characters to represent syllables… He worked on the syllabary
for twelve years before completion… The rapid dissemination of the
syllabary is notable, and by 1824, most Cherokees could read and write
in the newly developed writing system.
In 1828, the ordering of the Syllabary and each letter’s shape were
modified by Cherokee author and editor Elias Boudinot to adapt the
Syllabary to the printing press… for the creation of the “Cherokee
Phoenix (ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎴᎯᏌᏅᎯ)”, the first newspaper published in a Native
American language… A digitized, searchable version of the paper is
available through the University of Georgia Libraries and the Digital
Library of Georgia.
To refer to someone’s or something’s ability to do something use one of
the following combined prefixes on the infinitive form. These prefixes
are a combination of “ga-” and an appropriate “Set B” bound pronoun.
This app is designed to help you acquire the Cherokee language though the use of pictures representing actions, states of being, and so forth. The app closely follows the material in the book "Cherokee Language Lessons 1". The book is recommended to get the most use out of this app.