The Cherokee learned to read a written language with a Syllabary that Sequoyah developed between the years 1809 and 1921. Sequoyah’s Syllabary consisted of 84 symbols that represented sounds. This Syllabary enabled the Cherokee’s to learn to read and write which also enabled them to create a written constitution.
Sequoyah lived in Oklahoma from 1929 to 1944 and his log cabin built in 1929, today is a National Historic Landmark and located north of Sallisaw. In 1936 a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project surrounded the cabin with a native stone structure to give the cabin protection from the elements. Inside the building, not only is the cabin but artifacts from Sequoyah and the Cherokees. The cabin sits on ten acres that are beautifully manicured and maintained.
To get to Sequoyah’s Cabin go east from Oklahoma City on I-40 to the Sallisaw exit, then 3 miles north on Hwy 59 to Hwy 101, then 7 miles east on Hwy 101. Admission is free. The facility is open Tuesday-Friday 9 am-5 pm and Sunday 2 pm-5 pm.
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