March 1, 2011 in Education (F)
[prMac.com] Las Vegas, Nevada - Thornton Media has announced the release of Writing Cherokee 1.1 the first application that teaches how to write the Cherokee Syllabary. The app consists of audio recordings of the 85-character Cherokee Syllabary. Your narrator is Cherokee teacher Harry Oohsawee, a well-known Tahlequah-area speaker. The user can play the sound of the character and see it written. Then he/she can practice writing it themselves using their finger on the iOS device touch screen.
"The app is not only educational but fun!" said Don Thornton, President of Thornton Media. "We make Cherokee apps for the 99.9% of tribal members who are not enrolled in the Cherokee immersion school".
The number of Cherokee speakers has steadily declined over the past 30 years. Writing Cherokee uses a hi-tech approach to teach an ancient language. The Cherokee syllabary was created by Sequoyah (George Gist) in 1821. He was a crippled, poor, and uneducated half-blood Cherokee. He was ridiculed for his efforts but overcame great odds to bring his people a gift so great that it is unrivaled in human history.
"The syllabary makes it possible to write in Cherokee, we hope this app will make it easier for Cherokees everywhere to master Sequoyah's amazing syllabary", said Don Thornton, President of Thornton Media.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 4.2 or later
* 19.7 MB (iPhone) & 21.6 MB (iPad)
Pricing and Availability:
Writing Cherokee 1.1 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.
Las Vegas based Thornton Media is a Cherokee-owned company. Thornton Media has worked with more than 150 American Indian Tribes and Canadian First Nations creating custom hi-tech language tools. Since it was launched in 1994, they have pioneered nearly every technological innovation in hi-tech tools for indigenous languages. They are well-known as the leaders in "Language Tools for Indian Country". In 2009 Thornton Media launched Cherokee Basic, the first fully-interactive indigenous language app in the iTunes Store. Copyright (C) 2011 Thornton Media. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.