Cherokee Signs

Tahlequah street sign Stop in Cherokee Stop in Cherokee

Surprising to people unfamiliar with the Midwest and Southwest is the fact that there are substantial Native American communities throughout Oklahoma. In Tahlequah, in eastern Oklahoma, the stop signs and the street signs are in Cherokee as well as in English.

The 85-character Cherokee alphabet was invented by Sequoyah around 1820. The Cherokee Nation adopted it in 1821 and the people quickly became literate. More about it from these sites:

Photos courtesy of David Backlin (taken June 2002)