ABSTRACT

In this article I  argue that we need to broaden our visions and situate Native American histories in a global Indigenous context. Only such a change of perspective allows us to escape the limitations a nation-statecentric framework imposes on analyses of Native American pasts. To make my case, I  examine two interesting developments in recent scholarship, one comparing Native American histories with those of other Indigenous peoples, the other tracing histories of connectedness between Indians and other Natives. To illustrate the potentials and pitfalls of a global Indigenous perspective, I  will also draw examples from my ongoing research that explores how two Native peoples, the Shawnees in eastern North America and the Sámis in Fennoscandia,1 negotiated with, participated in, and resisted the colonial empires and states invading their lands from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century.