The Cherokee language is one of North America’s healthiest native languages primarily due to its extensive documentation throughout history. The progression and adaptation of the language is being presented in a special exhibit at the Cherokee Heritage Center.
“Cherokee Syllabary: From Talking Leaves to Pixels” is on display through April 2 and showcases the development and evolution of the language into modern-day.
“Our language is a direct connection to our ancestors and a living reminder of the strength and intelligence of the Cherokee people,” said Candessa Tehee, executive director for CHC. “These 85 characters have connected us all in such a beautiful way for decades, and this exhibit honors that connection.”
Featured within the exhibit are examples of how the Cherokee syllabary has been restored throughout time by the Cherokee Immersion School and the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper as well as through clothing, d