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.
It is not perfection in speaking the Cherokee language that is required.
Even the most proficient of speakers have differences in the way they
speak from each other. What is required is participation. Participation
in speaking it. In reading it. In writing it. In teaching it. If you do
not participate, or if you go out of your way to cause others harm who
are working hard to keep the language alive, you are only doing the work
of those who sent us to the boarding schools. You have become “them”.
The foreigners. The conquerors. Those who would remove us. Those who
failed. Be counted among those who keep “them” failing. Be not among
those who would remove us from this Earth.
Related to the previous discussion for “Going To” is the related idea of
doing something when doing another thing. There are three main forms
which cover “when he goes he does”, “when he went he did”, and “when he
goes he will” which will be shown by example.
Add the prefix “Ᏹ-” and the
Conditional Future suffix
“-ᎢᏎᏍᏗ” to the Ꮯompletive
Future form. Be careful to follow the same pronunciation pattern
as illustrated in “If it should with intent (under the condition of)…”.