200 years ago in the wilds of the American frontier, Sequoyah introduced his writing system to members of his tribe who has moved to the Arkansas Ozarks to escape the reach of the encroaching white man. They were skeptical of the new syllabary. Some thought it frivolous at best, sorcery at worst…but Sequoyah was able to prove his system’s usefulness. It was introduced to tribe members in the east and in just a few years it was adopted, giving the Cherokees a greater literacy rate than their white neighbors. Through the years, the syllabary has played it’s part in preserving the language and is a major component of that effort today.