Cherokee and West Africa: Examining the Origins of the Vai Script

@article{Tuchscherer2002CherokeeAW,
  title={Cherokee and West Africa: Examining the Origins of the Vai Script},
  author={Konrad Tuchscherer and Paul E.H. Hair},
  journal={History in Africa},
  year={2002},
  volume={29},
  pages={427 - 486}
}
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