A blacksmith, silversmith, and trading post owner, Sequoyah profoundly influenced the Cherokee Nation through the gift of a written language. Realizing whites communicated through "talking leaves" he started experimenting with developing a symbol for each word in Cherokee. He soon realized this would not work, and instead developed symbols for the reoccurring sounds that form Cherokee words.
In 1818 Sequoyah moved from Alabama to Arkansas to operate a salt production and blacksmith works, and in 1828 he traded this land for property on Big Skin Bayou Creek in what is now Sequoyah County, Oklahoma. The one-room, log cabin Sequoyah built in his new home in 1829 is now preserved as a National Historic Landmark.
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North 3 Miles from Sallisaw on US HWY 59 East on State HWY 101 7 Miles R# 1 Box 141 Sallisaw, OK 74955 918-775-2413