Sequoya

A Cherokee Silversmith

Sequoya, also known as George Gist, was born in 1767 in present-day Knoxville Tennessee. He was a Cherokee Silversmith who individually invented the Cherokee's syllabary. This allowed Cherokee people to read and write within their communities. The syllabary quickly caught on and rapidly spread through the Cherokee. This eventually made him famous and he ended up spending his live traveling around teaching his alphabet until he died in 1843 of natural causes.