Native Americans

Learn about Native Americans like Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee alphabet, the only person to independently create a writing system for an illiterate people.

Long before white settlers chose to call this land home, the sweeping plains, soaring mountains and flowing rivers of beautiful Tennessee countryside were a haven for Native American tribes that lived and hunted here.

However, with Hernando De Sotos first steps on Tennessee soil, the lives of these native people were changed forever. In the years to follow, Tennessees native tribes met with disease, weapons, rum and greed. During these turbulent times, courageous war heroes emerged to lead their people in the fight for their homes and way of life; brave leaders rose in efforts to make peace with these new white settlers. These pioneers forged a permanent mark in history. Their stories would be told for years to come.