By Sami Lakomaki (Lakomäki)
reading Shawnee society and politics in new intensity, and introducing not just charismatic warriors like Blue Jacket and Tecumseh but additionally different leaders and thinkers, Lakomäki explores the Shawnee people’s debates and techniques for dealing with colonial invasion. the writer refutes the deep-seated inspiration that simply ecu colonists created new international locations in the USA, displaying that the Shawnees, too, have been engaged in country development. With a sharpened specialise in the creativity and gear of local political suggestion, Lakomäki presents an array of insights into Indian in addition to American history.
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This question is partially based on anachronistic notions of community and identity. Like most Indigenous confederacies that were forged just before and after the European contact, the early Shawnee confederacy was not a uniﬁed political or ethnic entity but a loose alliance network of towns and kin groups, designed to cultivate goodwill and 31 32 “The Greatest Travellers in America” cooperation among its members. It was only one of the many overlapping networks of alliance, exchange, and kinship that clans and local communities had been building with both neighbors and distant exchange partners for hundreds of years.
Many communities throughout the East sought to survive these tumultuous times by forming alliances with their neighbors. This led to the emergence of multiethnic coalitions and confederacies such as the Iroquois, Choctaws, Cherokees, and Upper and Lower Creeks. 22 The early Shawnee confederacy probably emerged and grew gradually between the late ﬁfteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries, as several local communities forged multiple and overlapping ritual and kin ties with one another. It was a dynamic alliance network in constant ﬂux, for the allies had to ﬁnd a balance between local interests and a collective identity.
This network, and the safety it provided, fostered a sense of common identity among the scattered communities. One powerful symbol of such an identity became deeply ingrained even in the meager colonial documents. 46 Portraying one’s community to strangers as a part of a larger whole was undoubtedly a sensible security strategy for groups wandering in often unknown lands and among unknown peoples, but it also demonstrates that the Shawnees continued to envision themselves as a distinct people, no matter how dispersed and mixed with outsiders.
Gathering Together: The Shawnee People through Diaspora and Nationhood, 1600–1870 by Sami Lakomaki (Lakomäki)