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From:Carlos Thompson <cthompso@...>
Date:Thursday, December 3, 1998, 22:41
I've just find this on another list, in case someone finds it

-- Carlos Th

The invention of SignWriting is at times compared to the invention of
the written alphabet for the Cherokee Indian language. The Cherokee
Indian chief Sequoyah, who invented the written form for his native
spoken language, was also surrounded by controversy for 25 years. His
own people burned his books and threatened his life. They actually put
him on trial for being a witch, but then he taught the jurors at the
trial how to read and write (I am not kidding, that is the story!) and
they decided it was pretty terrific!! So instead of executing him, they
decided to use Sequoyah's alphabet, and now the Cherokee Indian language
is preserved for future generations.