Cherokee Registry


When Sequoyah (English name George Guess) created the Cherokee form of writing in 1821, it was in the form of a script. It spread quickly throughout the Cherokee Nation. (Jesus in script form at right)


Missionary Samuel Worcester began to work with the Cherokee to  create a form of the characters that could be transferred to print. It included a number of English types. On January 14, 1825, Cherokee Chief Charles R. Hicks sent a copy of the syllabary to the head of the Office of Indian Affairs in the War Department. (Figure 1)


Samuel Worcester arranged the characters similar to vowel sounds in the form we see it today. 



The script and text version arranged together:


Sequoyah also created a number system but the Cherokee council didn't adopt it.