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"Ellen Cushman, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and an associate professor at Michigan State University, traces this dramatic story in her compelling new book, The Cherokee Syllabary: Writing the People’s Perseverance (University of Oklahoma Press, 2011). Moving the conversation away from an alphabet-centric approach which sees the syllabary as a corollary of English, Cushman places Sequoyan in the matrix of Cherokee peoplehood and reveals its unique and enduring connection to the  tribe’s perseverance. As the Cherokee Nation embarks on an ambitious plan to stem the erosion of their language – a troubling trend among the world’s indigenous peoples – Cushman’s book adds fascinating new dimensions to this crucial project." - From New Books in Native American Studies

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