Image: The Creek Writing System in the 1700s!!!
In doing research on Sequoyah’s syllabary, I stumbled upon this document that described it as an example of the Creek writing system in the 1700s. The author did not know what the writing meant, but said that it was a Creek Indian document in Georgia from the mid-1700s. That means it is a example of Creek writing, which predates the Sequoyah syllabary by many decades. In fact, Sequoyah may have developed his system from this system. His mother’s names were African (or Gullah) and Creek. They had no meaning in Cherokee.
The writing system presented by Chikili to the leaders of Savannah on June 7, 1735 was described as “peculiar red and black characters unlike any writing system we have seen elsewhere in the world.” What we see here may be that system , a derivation of it or something entirely different. Without more information, it is hard to make a call.
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