Where do the Lenni Lenape Indians live? The Lenni Lenapes were original people of the mid-Atlantic area. Here are some maps showing 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.
Like Zunigha, most Lenape today don’t live in New York City or the surrounding area. There are only two federally recognized Delaware tribes in the U.S., and both of them are in Oklahoma, where large groups of the Lenape ended up due to forced migration.
Today, Lenape people belong to the Delaware Nation and Delaware Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma; the Stockbridge-Munsee Community in Wisconsin; and the Munsee-Delaware Nation, Moravian of the Thames First Nation, and Delaware of Six Nations in Ontario.
In their language, the words Lenni Lenape mean “men of men,” or, “original people.” Every band had a sachem or chief chosen by certain women called chiefmakers.
The Lenape were a deeply religious people and their belief in a Creator and eleven lessor Gods reached all aspects of their lives. They believed that all things had souls.
Click the Lenape word to hear it pronounced. Common Words and Phrases.
|Hè||Hello! (or) Hi!|
|Làpìch knewël||I will see you again. (Goodbye)|
|tëmike||Come in! (or) Go in!|
The Lenape had three clans: the Wolf, the Turtle, and the Turkey. These clans were matrilineal, the children traced their clan through their mother.
This letter from Peter Schaghen, written in 1626, makes the earliest known reference to the company’s purchase of Manhattan Island from the Lenape Indians for 60 guilders. Schaghen was the liaison between the Dutch government and the Dutch West India Company.
Lenape is an eastern Algonquian language originally spoken in eastern Pennsylvania, southeastern New York, all of New Jersey, and northern Delaware.
New Jersey State Recognized Tribes Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape. Powhatan Renape Nation. Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation (also known as Ramapough Mountain Indians. Inter-Tribal American Indians of New Jersey.
Meet Native America: Mark Gould, Chief of the Nanticoke Lenni -Lenape Tribal Nation. Chief Mark Quiet Hawk Gould taking part in A Day of Celebration!
A nomadic people belonging to the Algonquin language family, the Lenape preceded the late 17th century European settlement of Pennsylvania by centuries. They were both hunters and agriculturalists and resided in bands along various rivers and streams.
Government: Unlike the European nations in the eighteenth century, the Lenni Lenape were not a monarchy nor were they politically unified. Their government was a participatory democracy, with councils presided over by chiefs, known as sachems, whose authority came from their power of persuasion.