Symbols for Letters – Alphabets
Symbols for Letters The Creek tribe used symbols for letters in the Creek Alphabet and a similar system, using symbols for letters, is the Cherokee alphabet. The Creek spoke the Muskogean language and the Cherokee spoke the Iroquoian language. But the Creek and the Cherokee tribes were connected. Both tribes belonged to the Southeast culture area that covered north of the Gulf of Mexico and are both referred to as each being one the ‘Five Civilised Tribes’ of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole people. The Creek Alphabet that uses symbols for letters was believed to have been used as early as the 1500′s. The Cherokee Alphabet, that also uses symbols for letters was developed in the late 1700′s and has been attributed to a Cherokee man called Sequoyah (c. 1770–1843) who was named George Gist or George Guess in English.