The History Of Lenni Lenape

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The History Of Lenni Lenape

HousesThe Lenni Lenapes didn't live in tepees. They lived in villages of round houses called wigwams. Some Lenape Indians preferred Iroquoian-style longhouses to wigwams, because more family members could live in a longhouse.

LanguageLenape Indians all speak English today. Only a few Lenape elders still speak Unami. But some young Lenape people are working to learn their ancient language again. Many of the tribes of the Eastern Woodlands were speakers of the Algonquian language. Among them were the Abnaki, Penobscot, Mohawk, Wampanong, Mohegan, Mahican, Delaware, Powhattan, and Ojibwa.

The history of Lenni Lenape

ClothingLenape women wore knee-length skirts. Lenape men wore breechcloths and leggings. Shirts were not necessary in the Lenape culture, but the Lenapes did wear deerskin mantles when the weather was cool. Both genders wore earrings and deerskin moccasins on their feet. In colonial times, the Lenapes adapted European costume such as cloth blouses and jackets, decorating them with fancy beadwork.

WeaponsThe Lenapes used bow and arrow's, spears, knifes and bone of animals. They sharpened the bones so they can kill animals easier. They also used tomahawks.


LocationThe Lenni Lenapes were original people of the mid-Atlantic area. The map shows the geography of the Lenapes and their neighbors in New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania. Most Lenape Indians were driven out of their homeland by the British. The Americans eventually relocated them to Oklahoma, where the modern Delaware Indian tribes are located today.



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