Ph.D. Sami Lakomäki, University Lecturer

I am a cultural anthropologist specializing on the histories of Indigenous peoples. My research has focused largely on the histories and cultures of Native Americans, particularly the Shawnees. In addition, during the past few years I have started to explore the histories of the Sámi people. My special field is that creative mixture of anthropology and history known, in North America, as ethnohistory.

I am interested in power and politics in Native societies, the complex relationships between Indigenous peoples and colonial empires and states, colonialism, space as a political and cultural construct, and Indigenous interpretations of "the past." I explore many of these themes in my first monograph Gathering Together: The Shawnee People through Diaspora and Nationhood, 1600-1870 (Yale University Press, 2014).

In terms of theory, I analyze the intersections of agency, cultural ideologies, and structures of power. In addition, I am interested in how people conceptualize and appropriate space; thus much of my research looks at different kinds of borders and borderlands, as well as their cultural, political, and economic dynamics.

I teach courses in political anthropology, Indigenous peoples and colonialism, the history of anthropological theory, and ethnographic methodology.



Lakomäki, Sami 2014: Gathering Together: The Shawnee People through Diaspora and Nationhood, 1600-1870. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Lakomäki, Sami 2017: "From Ohio to Oklahoma and Beyond: The Long Removal of the Lewistown Shawnees." InThe Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma: Resilience through Adversity, ed. Stephen Warren. Norman: Oklahoma University Press, 43-57.

Lakomäki, Sami, Ritva Kylli & Timo Ylimaunu 2017: "Drinking Colonialism: Alcohol, Indigenous Status, and Native Space on Shawnee and Sámi Homelands, 1600-1850." NAIS: Journal of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, 4 (1): 1-29.

Lakomäki, Sami 2016: "'We Then Went to England': Shawnee Storytelling and the Atlantic World." Ethnohistory, 63 (4): 595-619.

Lakomäki, Sami 2016: "Centering Native Diasporas in North American History." Histoire Sociale - Social History, 49 (100): 671-677.

Lakomäki, Sami 2015: "Globalizing Indigenous Histories: Comparison, Connectedness, and New Contexts for Native American History." InTwenty-First Century Perspectives on Indigenous Studies: Native North America in (Trans)motion, ed. Birgit Däwes, Karsten Fitz & Sabine N. Meyer. Routledge: New York, 187-203.

Lakomäki, Sami 2014: "'Our Line': The Shawnees, the United States, and Competing Borders on the Great Lakes 'Borderlands,' 1795-1832." Journal of the Early Republic, 34 (4): 597-624.

Lakomäki, Sami 2014: "Marginaaleista valtakunniksi: Alkuperäiskansahistoriat, kansallisvaltionarratiivit ja menneisyyden de/kolonisaatio." Kosmopolis, 44 (3-4): 45-60.

Ylimaunu, Timo, Sami Lakomäki, Titta Kallio-Seppä, Paul R. Mullins, Risto Nurmi & Markku Kuorilehto 2014: "Borderlands as Spaces: Creating Third Spaces and Fractured Landscapes in Medieval Northern Finland." Journal of Social Archaeology, 14 (2): 244-267.

Lakomäki, Sami 2014: "Making and Unmaking Wapakoneta: Shawnees, Americans, and the Power of Places, 1796-1832." In North American Studies Crossroads: An Anthology of Finnish Perspectives, ed. Rani-Henrik Andersson & Saara Kekki. Helsinki: Renvall Institute, 33-61.

Lakomäki, Sami. Pauliina Latvala & Kirsi Laurén 2011: "Menetelmien jäljillä." In Tekstien rajoilla: Monitieteisiä näkökulmia kirjoitettuihin aineistoihin, ed. Sami Lakomäki, Pauliina Latvala & Kirsi Laurén. Helsinki: SKS, 7-27.

Lakomäki, Sami 2009: "Building a Shawnee Nation: Indigenous Identity, Tribal Structure, and Socio-Political Organization, 1400-1770." In Reconfigurations of Native North America: An Anthology of New Perspectives, ed. John R. Wunder & Kurt E. Kinbacher. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 199-224.

Lakomäki, Sami 2004: "Jumalan leipää ja mustakaapuja: Muutos ja pysyvyys shawnee-intiaanien uskonnossa 1700-luvulla." In Pohjois-Amerikan intiaaniuskonnot: Kirjoituksia perinteistä, muutoksesta ja jatkuvuudesta, ed. Riku Hämäläinen. Helsinki: SKS, 33-93.




Last updated: 10.1.2018