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Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 7:13 AM

In honor of Sequoyah and this year’s bicentennial celebration of the Cherokee syllabary, Cherokee Nation has become the first Native American tribe to use motion and facial capture technology to help preserve and promote an indigenous language.

In collaboration with the tribe’s language program, Cherokee Nation Film Office and Original Content today premiered “Sequoyah: Voice of the Inventor for the Bicentennial.”

Filmed at the Cherokee Nation Covid Response Virtual Soundstage, the production brings Sequoyah to life through real-time graphics and the voice and movements of first-language Cherokee speaker Steve Daugherty.

The tribe’s virtual video production implements a combination of video game engine and motion and facial capture technology using a motion capture suit and headset to record body movements, facial expressions and language. Through a live render engine, recorded data was then used to create a walking and talking digital character of Sequoyah.

The production was created using Unreal Engine, the same technology used for major industry productions such as “The Mandalorian” and for popular video games such as Fortnite.

Sequoyah, also known as George Guess or George Gist, introduced the Cherokee syllabary in 1821. The revered Cherokee statesman and linguist invented the first written language among Native American tribes and influenced written languages throughout the world.

For more information and to watch “Sequoyah: Voice of the Inventor for the Bicentennial,” visit Photos and video from behind-the-scenes of the production are also available.