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The Cherokee Syllabary. How do writing systems and media relate to economies of writing?. Relations of language ecology to economic and cultural social ecologies Relations of power and rhetorical authority within specific modes of the production and circulation of writing

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the cherokee syllabary
The Cherokee Syllabary

How do writing systems and media relate to economies of writing?

  • Relations of language ecology to economic and cultural socialecologies
  • Relations of power and rhetorical authority within specific modes of the production and circulation of writing
  • Institutional and disciplinary economies
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The Cherokee Syllabary

How do writing systems and media relate to economies of writing?

  • How we mediate the wor(l)d involves instrumental (material) choices
  • Never neutral, these choices index and accrue cultural and symbolic capital (following Bourdieu) for their users
  • The circulation of these choices of media forms larger political and social economies
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The Cherokee Syllabary

Originally designed without visual or phonetic reference to the alphabet, the syllabary denaturalizes the concept of literacy and ruptures the conceptual fields of civilization, humanity, and knowledge associated with what it means to be literate, even as it complies with this force.

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The Cherokee Syllabary

Inali manuscript of May 20, 1859. James Mooney papers at the National Anthropological Archives.

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Map of Cherokee language and literacy users in the CN jurisdiction in 1964.

Clusters of Cherokee language users located around Cherokee Baptist churches and stomp grounds.

Courtesy of Alfred Wahrhaftig.