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Sequoyah

 
 
Sequoyah Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 7, 2009
1. Sequoyah Marker
Inscription. This statue honoring Sequoyah. The Cherokee genius who invented the Cherokee Alphabet. was sculpted from a single great California Sequoia (Redwood) Log which was donated and shipped by Georgia-Pacific. This is sculptor Peter wolf Toth's 63rd statue across the United States and Canada Commemorating the Contributions of Native Americans. Toth was invited to sculpt the Sequoyah Statue by Chief Robert S. Youngdeer and Museum Director Ken Blankenship. Dedicated: 30 September 1989
 
Erected 1989.
 
Location. 35° 29.081′ N, 83° 18.961′ W. Marker is in Cherokee, North Carolina, in Swain County. Marker is on County Route 1361. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cherokee NC 28719, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trail of Tears (within shouting distance of this marker); Long Hair Clan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cherokee Veterans Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nimrod Jarrett Smith (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oconaluftee Indian Village (approx. 0.4 miles away); Thomas's Legion (approx. 0.9 miles away); Place of the Poplar Boundary Tree (approx. 1.1 miles away); Sorghum Mill and Furnace (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cherokee.
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
Sequoyah Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 7, 2009
2. Sequoyah Marker
Eagel Dancer Bear Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 7, 2009
3. Eagel Dancer Bear
Sequoyah Syllabeary Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 7, 2009
4. Sequoyah Syllabeary
Sequoyah Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
5. Sequoyah
This c. 1830 portrait of Sequoyah by Henry Inman after Charles Bird King hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“Born Cherokee town of Tuskegee, eastern Tennessee, Sequoyah, the son of a Cherokee chief's daughter and a fur trader from Virginia, was a warrior and hunter and, some say, a silversmith. For twelve years he worked to devise a method of writing for the Cherokee language. His syllabary of eighty-five symbols representing vowel and consonant sounds was approved by the Cherokee chiefs in 1821. The simple utilitarian system made possible a rapid spread of literacy throughout the Cherokee nation. Medicine men set down ceremonies for healing, divination, war, and traditional ball games; missionaries translated hymns and the New Testament into the native language; and in 1828 the Cherokee Phoenix, a weekly bilingual newspaper, began publication at New Echota, Georgia.

The original portrait of Sequoyah, commissioned by Thomas McKenney and painted by Charles Bird King, was destroyed by the fire that swept through the Smithsonian Castle building in January 1865.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 664 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   5. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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