The Sequoyah museum definitely falls into the category of a literary journey, because Sequoyah was the creator of the Cherokee dictionary. Despite the plethora of languages, there really haven't been that many alphabets created, and it is said that this was the only time a non-literate people created their own writing system. Before long there were newspapers, books, and songbooks.
Sequoyah was born to a white man and a native-American woman. He was lame as a child and was often shunned from playing with the other children. This made him observant and introspective. As an adult, he fought with a Cherokee unit at the battle of Horseshoe Bend. He was impressed by the "talking leaves" of the other soldiers and that looking at these "leaves" could make men laugh, cry, or get angry.
He tried making characters for each word, but legend says it was the song of a bird that made him realize that sound was the key. He was viewed with suspicion as he continued his work, and when he finished, the elders took his daughter and isolated her. They told Sequoyah to write what they said. Then they took the pages to the girl and she repeated everything they had said, even though she had been nowhere near enough to hear them. They were amazed and Sequoyah's work was recognized.
The museum also tells an amazing story of native history through documentaries playing the Heartland Series, as well as through amazing exhibits filled with artifacts.
It was sodden and wintry outside, but I still walked around the pole recreation of the round winter house and the rectangular summer house (for heating/cooling purposes), as well as down to a burial mound.