Gathering Together The Shawnee People Through Diaspora and Nationhood, 1600 - 1870 Sami Lakomaki

Series:
The Lamar Series in Western History
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
02 Sep 2014
ISBN:
9780300180619
Dimensions:
416 pages: 234 x 156 x 30mm
Illustrations:
12 b&w illustrations

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Weaving Indian and Euro-American histories together in this groundbreaking book, Sami Lakomaki places the Shawnee people, and Native peoples in general, firmly at the centre of American history. The book spans nearly three centuries, from the years leading up to the Shawnees' first European contacts to the post-Civil War era, and demonstrates vividly how the interactions between Natives and newcomers transformed the political realities and ideas of both groups. Examining Shawnee society and politics in new depth, and introducing not only charismatic warriors like Blue Jacket and Tecumseh but also other leaders and thinkers, Lakomaki explores the Shawnee people's debates and strategies for coping with colonial invasion. The author refutes the deep-seated notion that only European colonists created new nations in America, showing that the Shawnees, too, were engaged in nation building. With a sharpened focus on the crativity and power of Native political thought, Lakomaki provides an array of insights into Indian as well as American history.

Sami Lakomaki is a university lecturer at the University of Oulu. He lives in Oulu, Finland.