A group of teachers pose for a photo at a Tennessee History for Kids inservice at the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum. If you look closely, you can see a diorama of Sequoyah in the back.

Sequoyah is one of the most important Tennesseans to have ever lived. But no matter what book you read, video you watch or website you click on, you’ll find a different account of his life.

This is the great irony of Sequoyah. The man who invented the Cherokee written language never wrote an autobiography. So our stories about Sequoyah are all derived from a combination of oral tradition and conjecture.

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