Sequoyah created a Cherokee syllabary, making reading and writing in Cherokee possible.

Students would be remiss to celebrate Thanksgiving without reflecting on Georgia’s Native American Indian Heritage. They can use Georgia Stories to do that. I pulled seven stories from the story collection that addresses the customs and tales of Native Americans from this state.

While they don’t figure into the traditional Thanksgiving narrative, they provide an additional look into what Native American Indian life was like a long time ago. Here are some highlights:

There is the story of the Cherokees who thought it was a better idea to assimilate and adopt their version of white culture than to keep their own traditions.

There is the story of how corn became so valuable.

There is the story of Chief Sequoyah.


Cherokee Myths and Legends
Native Traditions Past and Present
Story of Chief William McIntosh
Trail of Tears

As Native American Indian history month draws to a close, help students appreciate the lives they live today by also appreciating the Native Americans who contributed to establishing that life.