This Land Is Our Land By John Rayburn
- Narrated by: John Rayburn
- Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
- Release date: 01-10-23
This Land Is Our Land By John Rayburn AudioBook Summary
Throughout the stories here is information on how places, cities, and states got their names. However, questions arise because Native American tribes of the day didn’t yet have a written alphabet, and none of those came along until Sequoyah invented one in 1821, one that was actually more of a syllabary with symbols that stood for consonant/vowel sequences and could make words, basically just a writing system.
One such word example is Tsa-La-Gi in Oklahoma, a recreated Cherokee settlement showing what one was like before European contact. The name means “Cherokee,” and if you say it out phonetically as “Say-la-ghee,” it’s understandable how that was understood as the word Cherokee. It wasn’t written out because there wasn’t yet a means of doing so.
Many such words were heard by early frontiersmen, most of whom had little or no formal education. As a result, they pronounced and spelled anyway they heard various words, and because that was all that was available, their decisions held up more often not. It brings to mind an old phrase aimed at accepting something while having at least a degree of skepticism about the actual truth or meaning, and that is to “take it with a grain of salt.”