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This profound One-of-a-kind Cherokee syllabary pendant with Sterling Silver detail was handmade by Cherokee silversmith General B. Grant. Different from an alphabet, where every character is a single letter, the single characters of a syllabary stand for the sound of a whole syllable. For example, the word 'my' has two letters but just one syllable, the word 'easy' has four letters but two syllables (ea-sy). The Tribe of the Cherokee Indians is the only one in over 570 Native American tribes who has it's very own written language. A man named Sequoyah developed the Cherokee Syllabary in the early 1800's. Many of the 85 characters are beautifully curved. General picked randomly certain symbols and hand-cut every single one of them. The necklace can only be found and purchased at Traditional Hands. The pendant can be paired with a regular Sterling Silver chain or a Wampum beaded necklace as featured in the picture.