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Tsa-La-Gi (Cherokee)
(Sequoyah and the Cherokee language)
Judy Leonard


The song is available on Judy Leonard's Places and Faces of America Mini Musical.

 

(Phonetic Pronunciation, first part of the Cherokee Alphabet)

Ah eh ee
Oh oo uh
Gah kah geh gee go goo guh
Ha heh hee
Ho hoo huh
Lah leh lee
Lo loo luh
Now we speak in Cherokee
Tsa-la-gi, tsa-la-gi

The Cherokee people
Had their own way to speak
They could talk, tell stories, sing, or even preach
But they didn’t have a way to write it all down
Til Sequoyah made the alphabet of Cherokee sounds
Sharing words in Cherokee
Tsa-la-gi, tsa-la-gi

Each one teach one
Tsa-la-gi, tsa-la-gi
All the way through history
Tsa-la-gi, tsa-la-gi
Sharing words in Cherokee
Tsa-la-gi, tsa-la-gi

For years he tried, they thought he’d lost his mind
They burned all his books and said
“Don’t waste your time”
But nothing could stop him,
He worked day and night
Til he gave his people
A way to read and write

CHORUS

Because of Sequoyah
The Cherokee know
A written alphabet,
A language all their own
They can pass down stories
From the old to the young
And forever keep alive
The Cherokee tongue


CHORUS

Sharing words in Cherokee
Tsa-la-gi, tsa-la-gi
All the way through history
Tsa-la-gi, tsa-la-gi
(Cherokee nation)




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