Synopses & Reviews
In 1821, Sequoyah, a Cherokee metalworker and inventor, introduced a writing system that he had been developing for more than a decade. His creationandmdash;the Cherokee syllabaryandmdash;helped his people learn to read and write within five years and became a principal part of their identity. This groundbreaking study traces the creation, dissemination, and evolution of Sequoyahandrsquo;s syllabary from script to print to digital forms. Breaking with conventional understanding, author Ellen Cushman shows that the syllabary was not based on alphabetic writing, as is often thought, but rather on Cherokee syllables and, more importantly, on Cherokee meanings.
Published through the Recovering Languages and Literacies of the Americas initiative, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
About the Author
Ellen Cushman, Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is co-editor of Literacy: A Critical Sourcebook and author of The Struggle and the Tools: Oral and Literate Strategies in an Inner City Community.