Symbols for Letters

Symbols for Letters - Creek Native American Indian

Symbols for Letters

The Creek tribe used symbols for letters in the Creek Alphabet and a similar system, using symbols for letters, is the Cherokee alphabet. The Creek spoke the Muskogean language and the Cherokee spoke the Iroquoian language.

But the Creek and the Cherokee tribes were connected. Both tribes belonged to the Southeast culture area that covered north of the Gulf of Mexico and are both referred to as each being one the 'Five Civilised Tribes' of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole people. The Creek Alphabet that uses symbols for letters was believed to have been used as early as the 1500's. The Cherokee Alphabet, that also uses symbols for letters was developed in the late 1700's and has been attributed to a Cherokee man called Sequoyah (c. 17701843) who was named George Gist or George Guess in English.

Symbols for Letters - Native American Syllabary Alphabets
The systems for writing with Symbols for Letters, famously used by the Creek and the Cherokee, is called a syllabary, making reading and writing in native languages possible.. A syllabary is an alphabet in which each symbol stands for a syllable. The Syllabic alphabets, writing systems that use symbols for letters in which the main element is the syllable. Syllables are built up of consonants, each of which has a built in vowel, e.g. ka, kha, ga, gha. Other Native American Indian tribes such as the Blackfoot, Cree and Ojibwa (aka Chippewa) had Syllabic alphabets, use symbols for letters. The Blackfoot and Cree syllabary was devised by an Anglican missionary called John William Tims (1857-1945). The  Ojibwa (aka Chippewa) syllabary was devised by a Wesleyan missionary named James Evans.

Symbols for Letters - The Creek Syllabary Alphabet
The Creek system for writing with Symbols for Letters dates back to at least the 15th century and is attributed to the Taliwa people from the plateau region of the southwest plains. The Taliwa were an ancient people believed to have descended from the Mound Builders. The Taliwa merged with the Cherokee tribe in the 1600's taking their Symbols for Letters Creek syllabary alphabet with them. The Symbols for Letters Creek syllabary first appeared in writing in the late 1700's.

Symbols for Letters - The Creek Syllabary Alphabet

Symbols for Letters - The Cherokee Syllabary Alphabet
The Cherokee system for writing with Symbols for Letters, called the Tsalagi tigaloquastodi, or the Cherokee Syllabary alphabet is attributed to Sequoyah who was said to be half Creek and took the basis for the Cherokee Syllabury alphabet via his mother. Their Symbols for Letters system consists predominantly of syllables, with the exception of six vowels and one consonant.

Symbols for Letters - The Cherokee Syllabary Alphabet

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