Tsa-La-Gi is the Cherokee word for "Cherokee".
Above, you can see how it would be spelled
using Sequoyah's syllabary.
This man was named Sequoyah.  Before the Trail of Tears and
the relocation of the Cherokee, along with the other
Southeastern Nations, to Oklahoma, Cherokee was only a
spoken language. It was not written down, because there
was no need to write anything down. The people lived close
together and used messengers to communicate over
longer distances. When the Cherokee were forced to leave
their homes in the east, communication was made more
difficult as the people became separated.  Sequoyah created an
alphabet so that Cherokee could be written down. This alphabet
is called a syllabary (sounds almost like "silly berry")  Some
people also tried to translate Cherokee into English spelling
using the sounds of the words. Seqouyah's syllabary was so
much preferred that by the time the Western Cherokee got
settled in what is now Oklahoma, the Cherokee had a higher
literacy rate that even the European Americans!
This is Sequoyah's syllabary. On our vocabulary pages you will
have a chance to learn some Cherokee (Tsa-la-gi) words and
phrases. We will spell them in letters that you know but we
will also show you what the word would look like if written
in Cherokee letters.
Cherokee Vocabulary
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