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Wall sign, 'Walk in HARMONY AND BALANCE'  , Cherokee syllabary

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10" diameter circle, hand painted sign, in blues and greens. Cherokee syllabary letters, English , Cherokee translation and pronunciation are all included on this sign. 2 Eagle feathers with beads the colors of the four sacred directions add to the beauty and power of this piece.
It is painted on a piece of eighth inch thick , coated masonite.

I choose a circle for this sign because it is a symbol of unity, perfection, highest level of enlightenment and harmony of all spiritual powers, as well as being a universally revered symbol in most cultures.
The colors have associations also; blue represents wisdom, the mental plane, healing and peace, green ~ creativity, growth, healing, balance, artistry,
Eagle feather adds symbolism for connection to the divine, illumination,vision, truth, personal power, and feathers are a sacred healing tool.
(these symbolism are just a few of many , and they may vary from culture to culture)

I have been having fun learning some of the Cherokee language while spending time on the Etsy Native American forum. It was suggested that it might be nice to have some signs, not only in the language but especially using the unique syllabary. Being the 'letter'/font loving person that I am I thought that a great idea !

I was kindly supplied with several phrases, by Kicking Bear, Cherokee Elder and 'resident thread elder'. I will do my best to do them justice. I am really enjoying working with this whole new-to-me syllabary alphabet.
It is a fun challenge to create and to put these 4 elements together in a readable and balanced format .

Sequoyah (Sikwoya), the Cherokee Native-American leader of the nineteenth century, is best known for inventing Cherokee Syllabary in 1821. This syllabary allowed the Cherokee to have a written language and create their own newspaper.

From Wikipedia :
{Sequoyah's syllabary in the order that he originally arranged the characters.
Around 1809, impressed by the "talking leaves" of written language, Sequoyah began work to create a writing system for the Cherokee language. After attempting to create a character for each word, Sequoyah realised this would be too difficult and eventually created characters to represent syllables. Sequoyah took some ideas from a so-called "Bible Book", which he studied for characters to use in print, noticing the simplicity of the Roman letters and adopting them to make the writing of his syllabary easier. He couldn't actually read any of the letters in the book (as can be seen in certain characters in his syllabary, which look like Ws or 4s for example), so it is especially impressive that he came up with such a well-developed system. He worked on the syllabary for twelve years before completion, and dropped or modified most of the characters he originally created. The rapid dissemination of the syllabary is notable, and by 1824, most Cherokees could read and write in their newly developed orthography. }
It also enabled the Cherokee to create and print their own newspaper.

The towering redwood trees of northern California were named after Sequoyah, and his statue is displayed by the state of Oklahoma in the Statuary Hall of the national Capitol.

Wall sign, 'Walk in HARMONY AND BALANCE' , Cherokee syllabary


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