As of March 25th, internet users can now use Cherokee as their default language when reading, writing, and accessing information using the search engine Google. This new interface option comes with the introduction of an optional online keyboard for writing Cherokee text.
Language activists believe that technologies like Google’s Cherokee option are a vital tool in keeping Native languages relevant to the younger generation. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith released a statement saying “We have been working hard to get our young people interested in learning our Native tongue but we cannot be successful unless they can read and write in the medium of their era – all the digital devices that are currently so popular.”
To view information from Google on how to use the new Cherokee interface see their blog about it here.
For info on other language tools options from Google click here.