Athens News Matters: Searching for Sequoyah - The Life of a Native American Scholar and Leader

Nov 19, 2021

Sequoyah was born in the current U.S. state of Tennessee. His development of the Cherokee language syllabary made mass literacy possible for the Cherokee.

The Native American scholar and leader of the Cherokee Nation, Sequoyah, is one of the most remarkable figures in American history.

His creation of a system of writing for the Cherokee language, and his attempt to reunify the Cherokee people after removal from their homeland are only two of the events that marked his extraordinary life.

He was a real innovator and genius.

With Thanksgiving coming up, we'll take a look at Searching for Sequoyah, a new documentary honoring his achievements and legacy.

LeAnn Howe, Eidson Distinguished Professor and American Literature at UGA and co-producer and writer of Searching for Sequoyah, joins Chris Shupe.