Sequoyah, also called George Gist or Guess, created a writing system for the Cherokee language. The writing system, known as the Cherokee syllabary, quickly transformed the ability of Cherokee people to communicate across distances in their native tongue and led to the publication of America’s first newspaper printed in a Native American language at New Echota, Georgia. The biographical information below explores Sequoyah’s life and legacy with an emphasis on the impact of his syllabary on Georgia’s history. Click on the links below to explore Sequoyah’s life and legacy. Teachers can download a printable PDF teacher guide to using the materials in the classroom.