National Geographic : 1946 Jan
California's Forest Giants Bear a Cherokee Educator's Name Sequoyah, for whom the genus was named, reduced his tribe's language to 78 characters, the only syllabary ever invented by a North American Indian. Son of a white man and a mixed-blood Cherokee mother, he grew up as an Indian. Sketch was made in Washington, D. C., in 1828 by Charles Bird King. Bureau ofAmerican Ethnology Sea Shells Adorn theRelic of anIndian "Emperor's" Reign Powhatan's buckskin mantle, now intheAshmolean Museum atOxford, was given to Capt. Christopher Newport, of theJamestown colony, when theVir ginia chief was crowned by the English in1608 (page 57). Small disks ofshell, similar to those on the mantle, were used ascurrency.