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Sequoyah built the one-room “Sequoyah’s Cabin” in Sallasaw in 1829. Sallasaw now has a population of approximately 8,500 residents.

“Sequoyah invented a system of eighty-four to eighty-six characters that represented syllables in spoken Cherokee (hence it is a syllabary, not an alphabet). Completed in 1821, the syllabary was rapidly adopted by a large number of Cherokees, making Sequoyah the only member of an illiterate group in human history to have single-handedly devised a successful system of writing. This view is supported by firsthand accounts of missionaries to the Cherokees, government agents, and journalists who interviewed Sequoyah (or a man claiming to be Sequoyah) and statements of some people claiming to be Sequoyah’s descendants. It has been the basis of awards by the Cherokee Nation, the U.S. Congress, and various states. There are monuments, parks, and schools named for Sequoyah in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma, and other states. The giant sequoia tree, found in California, is named for him.” (Wadley, Ted. “Sequoyah (ca. 1770-ca. 1840).” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 17 January 2014. Web. 09 February 2014.Cherokee Syllabary)

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Sequoyah’s Cabin is the last stop on our Oklahoma Trail!

Patricia Smart