Cherokee Syllabary
Cherokee Syllabary
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Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi & Cherokee)

Cherokees are unique among indigenous people in creating their own writing syllabary. Sequoyah (Sisiquaya in Cherokee) developed the alphabet which consists of symbols representing a syllable sound.  The syllabary font was later modified for typeset printing. With their own alphabet, the Cherokees printed the first indigenous newspaper, the Cherokee Phoenix in 1828.