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by Laura H. Waxman


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Sequoyah first demonstrated to the Cherokee people that he had found a way to write the Cherokee language, employing methods that are still in use today. Best known for his "I will fight no more forever" speech, Chief Joseph surrendered just 40 miles from the Canadian border, where he had hoped to seek refuge for his band of Nez Perce. Following an introductory chapter that places each leader in time and place, each volume traces the leader's life, touching on tribal history and conflicts with the U.S. These very accessible titles are well illustrated with maps, photographs, and paintings, and they offer an introduction to American Indian history as well as specific information for reports. Readers may wonder why a Native American recipe is included in each volume, but the other appended information--a chronology, a glossary, a reading list, and Internet sites--is useful and appropriate.


Sequoyah is probably best known for the famous giant trees named after him and his invention of the Cherokee alphabet. With the help of just his young daughter, he created an alphabet that allowed his people to communicate and record their history. In addition to being an inventor, he was also a silversmith, a blacksmith, a leader, and a farmer. When his family and tribe were forced to move to Oklahoma by the U.S. government, he helped lead his people to form a peaceful and united Cherokee nation. Size 0.2" H x 8.3" L x 5.8" W, 48 pages

Additional Information

ISBN 9780822520719
Author Laura H. Waxman
Age Group 8-12
Book Type paperback

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