Sequoyah’s Cabin

Sequoyah's Cabin

Sequoyah’s Cabin was the home of the Cherokee Indian Sequoyah from 1829-1844. Sequoyah built this one-room log cabin in 1829 shortly after moving to Oklahoma. The cabin became the property of the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1936, and the cabin was enclosed in a stone cover building as a project of the Works Progress Administration. In 1965 the Secretary of the Interior designated the site as a National Historic Landmark. The one-room frontier cabin is made of hewn logs with a stone chimney and fireplace. The actual cabin is located inside a stone memorial building built by the Works Progress Administration in 1936, and surrounded by a 10 acre park. There is also a bronze statue of Sequoyah outside the cabin. Sequoyah realized the Cherokee language is composed of a set number of recurring sounds. With this insight he identified the sounds and created a symbol for each sound, producing a syllabary. I visited the Cabin on a school field trip many years ago, but it has stuck with me throughout the years. It’s important to remember that Oklahoma used to be Indian Territory, and Native American culture has influenced this state in many ways. I believe that Sequoyah is an important part of, not only Oklahoma, but the entire nation’s history.

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