Cherokee Words from 1888 Primer Spoken

Cherokee primer

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.

About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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2 Responses to Cherokee Words from 1888 Primer Spoken

  1. Susi Pentico says:

    Roberta, This is great news, I had heard some one did this but never located it.

  2. Jennifer says:

    1888..then this is not the original Cherokee language the Giduwa dialect. I am looking for the original . The Giduwa dialect.

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