In 1821, Sequoyah created the first Cherokee alphabet. He used 85 characters to represent sounds in the Cherokee language.
Reverend Chamberlin procured a printing press and printed hymnals and other books in Cherokee, beginning before the removal and continuing after.
Part of Reverend Chamberlin’s collection, a Cherokee pictorial book printed in 1888, shown above, is being digitized as part of a larger Cherokee manuscript digitization project at Yale University.
By clicking on the Slate Voice “soundcloud” link above the primer pages on their webpage, you can hear Tom Belt, a Native Cherokee speaker, read the series of vocabulary words in Cherokee from this primer.
Hat tip to Steven for sending this site my way.