>The codification and transmission of information and knowledge
>using simple hand-made strokes and letterforms is such a powerful
>piece of intellectual leverage, that it IS almost magical and mysterious,
>especially to those who do not even know the "alphabet". In
>anthropology, the development of writing and literacy is the
>definition of civilization.
To my mind, one of the most astonishing and singular achievements by a
single human is Sequoia's development of an alphabet for the Cherokee
language. Language itself is a subtle and mysterious thing: to create a
written version of one from scratch boggles my mind.
Is anyone on the list familiar with written Cherokee? It's still in use, I
believe, for tribal newspapers and so forth, but I don't know if it has
attracted much typographical attention.
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