American Experience

Creating a Written Alphabet for the Cherokee

Clip: Season 21 Episode 7 | 1m 17s

Sequoyah was devoted to enabling the Cherokee people to have the power that comes with a written language, a power held by the white man. Though he couldn't read or write in another language, Sequoyah invented an efficient language for the Cherokee.

Aired: 04/26/09

Rating: NR

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