Sequoyah Birthplace Museum to offer Cherokee language classes

BY STAFF REPORTS
03/09/2018 12:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, Tennessee, will offer beginner and advanced beginner Cherokee language classes March 28 and April 4, 11, and 18. Cost is $50 for all four evenings. The language classes will be held in the Vonore Community Center on 611 Church St. until the museum’s education room reopens in the spring. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
VONORE, Tenn. – The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum will offer beginner and advanced beginner Cherokee language classes from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 28 and April 4, 11, and 18.

Cost is $50 for all four evenings. Gil Jackson and Lou Jackson, Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians citizens, will teach the Wednesday classes.

The museum is under renovation and is slated to reopen this summer with a new exhibit area. The language classes will be held in the Vonore Community Center on 611 Church St. until the museum’s education room reopens in the spring.

The noted linguist Sequoyah, who invented and gave the Cherokee a written syllabary of the tribe’s language, was born near the museum site in 1776. The mission of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, a property of the EBCI, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the Cherokee history and culture in eastern Tennessee, particularly the life and contributions of Sequoyah. The museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits objects and data that support this mission.

People interested in taking this class should call 423-884-6246 or email seqmus@tds.net to register. The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum is located at 576 Highway 360.

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