Here are Sequoyah's original syllabary characters, each paired with the modified-for-lithography characters that we use today. You may draw your own conclusion as to whether Sequoyah was influenced by other alphabets when he designed his original work, as some have argued.
From the John Howard Payne papers collected at the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The photograph from which the illustration above is taken is copyrighted by the Gilcrease Museum.
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