Cherokee Alphabet


Cherokee syllabary was designed in 1819 by Sequoyah, a Native American polymath, also known as George Gist or George Guess, a.k.a. Chief Sequoyah, to write the Cherokee language. The alphabet represents 85 characters. By 1820 thousands of Cherokees had learnt the syllabary, and by 1830, 90% were literate in their own language, and today the syllabary is still used.

Many letters of Cherokee syllabary resemble  Latin 0041–007A and  Cyrillic 0410–0474 , but they are not used to represent the same sounds. It is belived that Sequoyah used English orthography books, even though he didn't know English.

There is also a guess that Cherokee syllabary was a pattern for  The Vai syllabary A500–A62B .