Apr 15, 2018

History Of Wackemall, Part 79: Chief Sequoya

The History of Wackemall would be forever incomplete without the story of Chief Wackemall and Chief Sequoya


The Wackemall were part of the Aniyvwiyaʔi or Cherokee: ᏣᎳᎩ, translit. Tsalagi) one of the indigenous peoples of the Southeastern Woodlands. Prior to the 18th century, but unlike the rest of the Cherokee who were concentrated in southwestern North Carolina, the Wackemall were concentrated in the Piedmont Region of North Carolina where they hunted, farmed, and mined wackemall that was traded with indigenous peoples from all over the Americas.

Much rarer that tobacco or gold, wackemall was prized by ingenious peoples everywhere but because only the Wackemall Tribe knew the secret to convert the raw materials into a finished product, all the tribes agreed to protect them and their secret throughout eternity.

When the first European settlers came to America it was assumed by all they had come to seize control of the wackemall.

The last of the great Wackemall Chiefs, Chief Wackemall (Actually all Wackemall chiefs were named Chief Wackemall) once met with the Cherokee silversmith and creator of the Cherokee written language, George Gist or George Guess, whose Cherokee name was Sequoyah. (c.1770—1843). It was then the Great Chief Sequoyah told Chief Wackemall.

"Don't take down names. Writing Cherokee Syllabary too slow. Just wackemall!"



And so once again the History of Wackemall uncovers history that otherwise would never have been written with or without a syllabary.