Sequoya, A Cherokee [1760?- 1845]

Sequoya, A Cherokee [1760?- 1845]

Artist: Printed and published by E. C. Biddle
Type: Lithograph after a painting by Charles Bird King
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Size/Dimensions: H: 23", W: 19" (dimensions with frame)
Origin: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. A. Howard Stebbins III
Accession Number: 84.22.8

This print of Seqouya shows him holding a copy of the Cherokee syllabary, which he developed in 1821; Sequoya actually finished the syllabary while on a trip to Arkansas. The syllabary consisted of 85 syllables used in the Cherokee language. Sequoya was the son of a half-Cherokee father and a full-blood Cherokee mother, and his English name was George Guess. He died while on a trip to Mexico in 1845.

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Sequoya, A Cherokee [1760?- 1845]