Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sequoyah George Gist

Sequoyah George Gist 1767 - 1843 My 5G 3rd Cousin (Wurteh4, Chief3 Great Eagle, Chief Pigeon2 of Tellico, Amatoya1 Moytoy)
Sequoyah, named in English George Gist or Guess, was a Cherokee silversmith who in 1821 completed his independent creation of a Cherokee syllabary, making reading and writing in Cherokee possible. This was the first time in recorded history that a member of an illiterate people independently created an effective writing system.[3] After seeing its worth, the Cherokee Nation rapidly began to use his syllabary and officially adopted it in 1825.

Early life

Sequoyah's heroic status has led to several competing accounts of his life that are speculative, contradictory, or fabricated.[4] James Mooney, a prominent anthropologist and historian of the Cherokee people, quoted a cousin as saying that as a little boy, Sequoyah spent his early years with his mother in the village of Tuskegee. Estimates of his birth year ranged from 1760-1776. His name is believed to come from the Cherokee word siqua meaning 'hog'. This is either a reference to a childhood deformity or a later injury that left Sequoyah disabled.

His mother Wut-teh was known to be Cherokee, belonging to the Paint Clan. Mooney stated that she was the niece of a Cherokee chief. Sources differ as to the identity of Sequoyah's father. Mooney and others suggested that he was possibly a fur trader, who would have been a man of some social status and financial backing.[5] Grant Foreman identified him as Nathaniel Gist, a commissioned officer with the Continental Army associated with George Washington.[6][7] In one Cherokee source, his father is said to be a half-blood and his grandfather a white man.[8]
Sequoyah first married Sally, with whom he had four children. After her death, he married Utiyu, with whom he had three children. At some point before 1809, Sequoyah moved to Willstown, Cherokee Nation, in present-day northeast Alabama. There he established his trade as a silversmith.[9]

As a silversmith, Sequoyah dealt regularly with whites who had settled in the area. The Native Americans were impressed by their writing, referring to their correspondence as "talking leaves." Around 1819, Sequoyah began work to create a system of writing for the Cherokee language. At first he sought to create a character for each word in the language. He spent a year on this effort, leaving his fields unplanted, so that his friends and neighbors thought he had lost his mind.[8][10] Sequoyah did not succeed until he gave up trying to represent entire words and instead developed a symbol for each syllable in the language. After approximately a month, he had a system of 86 characters, some of which were Roman letters that he obtained from a spelling book.[8]

Unable to find people willing to learn the syllabary, he taught it to his daughter Ayokeh, and then traveled to present-day Arkansas where some Cherokee had settled. When he tried to convince the local leaders of the syllabary's usefulness, they doubted him, believing that the symbols were merely ad hoc reminders. Sequoyah asked each of them to say a word, which he wrote down, and then called his daughter in to read the words back. This demonstration convinced the leaders to let him teach the syllabary to a few more people. This took several months, during which it was rumored that he might be using the students for sorcery. After completing the lessons, he was further tested by writing a dictated letter to each student, and reading a dictated response. This test convinced the Arkansas Cherokee that he had created a practical writing system.[10]

When Sequoyah returned east, he brought a sealed envelope containing a written speech from one of the Arkansas Cherokee leaders. By reading this speech, he convinced the eastern Cherokee also to learn the system, after which it spread rapidly. In 1825 the Cherokee Nation officially adopted the writing system. From 1828 to 1834 writers and editors used Sequoyah's syllabary to print the Cherokee Phoenix, the first newspaper of the Cherokee Nation with text in English and Cherokee.[11]

Life in Arkansas and further west
After the acceptance of his syllabary by the nation in 1825, Sequoyah walked to the new Cherokee territory in Arkansas. There he set up a blacksmith shop and a salt works. He continued to teach the syllabary to anyone who came to him. In 1828, Sequoyah journeyed to Washington, D.C. as part of a delegation to negotiate a treaty for land in Oklahoma.
His trip brought him into contact with representatives of other Native American tribes from around the nation. With these meetings he decided to create a syllabary for universal use among Native American tribes. With this in mind, Sequoyah began to journey to areas of present-day Arizona and New Mexico seeking tribes there.

In addition, Sequoyah dreamed of seeing the splintered Cherokee Nation reunited. Between 1843 and 1845, he died during a trip to Mexico seeking Cherokees who had moved there. His burial location is unknown.

Sequoyah's Cabin, a frontier cabin which he lived in during 1829-1844, is located in Oklahoma. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965.


  1. Paintsville, in east Kentucky, is named for the Paint Band of Cherokee. Some of the Gist families are documented in the Upper Kentucky River valley, near the present Kentucky and Virginia border. Some Gists appear to be connected to Daniel Boone or those like Finley or just before him in the southern Appalachians. The Cherokee guides or their relatives linked to Boone may have some linke to Gist. His relative Great Eagle is likely related to Cherokee Chief Aaron(Arun)Redbird Brock.

  2. george gist is burried in mexico

  3. George Gist was a Jew.

    His father was Nathaniel Gist. His father's father was Christopher Gist. Christopher Gist was the Jewish mentor of President George Washington. George Gist took the name of his mother Wurteh Sequoyah. Except her name wasn't Wurteh Sequoyah. It was Verde Sequeyra. She was the daughter of Dr. John Sequeyra, the Sephardic Jewish (Spanish Jew) doctor for President George Washington's step-daughter. Sequoyah was actually Sequeyra. Sequoyah was actually a Freemason working for the United States Government to assist them in assimilating Cherokee into Christianity and American society. He didn't invent an alphabet. That's the silliest bunch of nonsense ever propagated. The alphabet used today was created by Moravian Christian Missionaries. Sequoyah had nothing to do with it. The alphabet that he used was actually used by Sephardic Jewish merchants and bankers to communicate internationally in letters that couldn't be read. It was a combination of Circassian, Anatolian, and Arabic letters. He was a spy among the Cherokee and Dragging Canoe even banished his father Nathaniel from Cherokee lands and threatened him with death if he ever returned because Christopher Gist and Nathaniel Gist were plotting to sell Shawnee and Cherokee lands illegally, which was why the revolution actually began. King George forbid the Virginians from settling on Shawnee and Cherokee lands and they had been speculating land values and were plotting to get rich selling them through the Jewish banking firm of Isaiah Isaacs and Jacob Cohen through Haym Salomon back to Mayer Rothschild who financed the entire revolution himself - along with the French Revolution. Sequoyah's name is on a few treaties after 1816, selling lands that other Cherokee were trying desperately to hold onto. When he went into Texas and Mexico trying to track down the Cherokee it was as a spy. But they got Cherokee celebrating an enemy. How's that for history. Whenever a Nation was forced to accept Christianity there was always a Jewish spy present. Poland was forced to convert to Christianity in the 900s because a Jewish spy was among the court working for the Holy Roman Empire which planned to invade Poland. That same Sephardic Jew left Poland and traveled among the Vikings where he did the same thing.

    Americans aren't learning real American history any more than Cherokee are learning real Cherokee history. The reason is simple. It is a Rothschild conspiracy. They financed the Revolution and they own the Federal Reserve. America belongs to the Rothschilds. That's why there is a six pointed star over the head of the American Eagle on the 1 Dollar bill. A six pointed star made up of 13 five pointed stars. That's not a Jewish star, it's the Rothschild star. They jacked it from the Hindus the same way Hitler jacked the swastika from the Buddhists. Doesn't it strike anybody as odd that the Ashkenazi Jews have the word Nazi in their name? Both Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were Jewish. The 6 million Jews killed were a human sacrifice in order to get Israel back. The entire war was orchestrated by the Rothschilds from the Nazi and Soviet sides.

  4. That whole "Talking Leaves" story is also complete nonsense. Cherokee leaders were literate throughout the 1700s. The Moytoy family came from the English "Carpenter" family and were related to the British and French nobility. Nancy Ward's father was Irish. His sister Lucy Ward was a Lady in Waiting to the Queen of England and married Ostenaco Carpenter (Moytoy). The Moravian Missionaries made all that crap up about the Cherokee being illiterate during the 1820s in order to manufacture an elaborate story about how the Cherokee were able to "become civilized" with the help of Christianity. It was all part of the overall scheme to convert all Natives to Christians as American citizens and the Cherokee were intended to be the example of "progress away from savagery" to justify America's westward expansion.

    Dig deeper, folks. You're not even scratchin' at the surface.