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Sequoyah's Cabin

470288 Highway 101
Sallisaw, OK 74955-9744
(918) 775-2413
Manager: Jerry Dobbs
Staff: Michael Allen

Hours & Admission
Tue - Fri9am to 5pm
Sat - Sun2pm to 5pm
Free Admission

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National Historic Landmark
National Register of Historic Places

Sequoyah's Cabin

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 1966 the Secretary of the Interior designated the site as a National Historic Landmark.

Sequoyah was born in Tennessee about 1770. Nathaniel Gist, Sequoyah's non-Indian father, left the family when Sequoyah was very young. Though lame in one leg, Sequoyah became known as a skilled blacksmith and silversmith as well as an artist. In 1809 he began experimenting with a written alphabet for the Cherokee language.

After many years of experimentation, 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. By 1821 his work was complete. When Sequoyah demonstrated that he and his daughter, Ahuoka (Ah-yo-ka), could communicate by reading written messages, the teaching of the syllabary spread.

Sequoyah left his eastern home in 1818 to operate a salt production and blacksmith works near present-day Russellville, Arkansas. In 1828 Sequoyah joined a delegation sent to Washington by the Arkansas Cherokee to make a treaty to exchange their lands for lands in Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Following this trip, Sequoyah traded his land and salt works for land located on Big Skin Bayou Creek in Indian Territory (Sequoyah County, Oklahoma).

2015 Teacher's Institute

The OHS will host the Teachers' Institute to explore the impact of the "Trail of Tears," the removal of the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole nations from the Southeastern United States to Indian Territory. Participants will visit important landmarks of the removal including Fort Gibson Historic Site, the George M. Murrell Home, Sequoyah's Cabin, Fort Smith and more. Lecture topics will include American Indian policy, the mechanics of removal, and the rebuilding and recovery process. Facilitators for the event include education staff from the Oklahoma Historical Society and Northeastern State University. Oklahoma teachers will explore nontraditional classroom experiences, as well as field trips, interactive activities and other items to share with students.
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Painting of Sequoyah by Wilson
Sequoyah by Charles Banks Wilson
From the Permanent Capitol Art Collection
Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma Arts Council

Operating support is generously provided by the Cherokee Nation.