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A Siskiyou News Fun Fact On this Columbus Day AKA Indigenous Peoples’ Day Of 2023

“Sequoyah remains the only identifiable person in human history to have invented a system for writing his own language without first being literate in another (language).”

Sent In By Felice Pace of Klamath, CA

Apple Dictionary had this to say :

Sequoya | səˈkwoiə | (also Sequoyah, Sequoia) (c.1770–1843), Cherokee Indian scholar; Cherokee name Sogwali; also known as George Guess or Gist. He invented a writing system (the Cherokee syllabary) 1809–21 for the Cherokee language and with it taught thousands of Cherokee Indians to read and write. The giant sequoia trees of California are named for him.

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