The Munsee were farming people. The women harvested corn, squash and beans, which they called the “three sisters.” Munsee men hunted deer, elk, turkeys, and small game, and went fishing in the lakes and rivers. Munsee Indian recipes included soup, cornbread, meat dumplings and salads.
The Munsee Tribe are a subtribe of the Lenape. They originally were one of three great divisions of the Lenape nation and lived around the upper portion of the Delaware River. They generally populated around New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
They gathered nuts, berries, birds’ eggs, and edible plants in season. As they lived close to the rivers, in warmer months, they dined on delicious seafood, including clams, oysters, mussels, crabs, eels, and fish. Nets, snares, baskets, and spears were fashioned by the men to harvest the water’s bounty.
Garden Plants In their gardens the Lenape Indians planted corn, beans, and squash. Sunflowers, herbs, and some tobacco were also planted. Vegetables were eaten as soon as they were ripe, or some were also stored away for the wintertime.
The Lenape, like other Native tribes, were relocated to Oklahoma, where there are two federally recognized Lenape tribes: the Delaware Tribe of Indians and the Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma. There are also some small Lenape communities remaining in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
1: a Delaware Indian people of northern New Jersey and neighboring parts of New York west of the Hudson. 2: a member of the Munsee people.
The Christian Munsee are a group of Lenape (also known as Delaware) native American Indians, primarily Munsee-speaking, who have converted to Christianity, following the teachings of Moravian missionaries.
Today, some Nanticoke people are part of the federally recognized Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation in Ontario, Canada. The ones who traveled west with the Delaware are part of the federally recognized Delaware Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma.
Definition of Nanticoke 1a: an American Indian people of eastern Maryland and southern Delaware. b: a member of such people. 2: an Alonquian language of the Nanticoke and Conoy peoples. 3: one of a group of people of mixed American Indian, white, and black ancestry in southern Delaware.
The sides of the wigwam were usually bark stripped from trees. The male of the family was responsible for the framing of the wigwam. Mary Rowlandson uses the term Wigwam in reference to the dwelling places of the Native Americans that she stayed with while in their captivity during King Philip’s War in 1675.
The food that the Lenape tribe ate included the staple diet of the ‘three sisters’ crops of corn, beans and squash. Tobacco was also farmed by the men. Fish such as sturgeon, pike and a variety of shellfish such as clams, oysters, lobsters and scallops were an important part of their food supply.
The Iroquois ate a variety of foods. They grew crops such as corn, beans, and squash. These three main crops were called the “Three Sisters” and were usually grown together. Women generally farmed the fields and cooked the meals.
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.
The Munsee (or Minsi or Muncee) or mə́n’si·w are a subtribe of the Lenape, originally constituting one of the three great divisions of that nation and dwelling along the upper portion of the Delaware River, the Minisink, and the adjacent country in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Munsee Consonants Like g in gate. Usually it is pronounced like gw in Gwen, but at the end of a word, it is pronounced more like a g with a puff of air after it.
The Munsees didn’t live in tepees. They lived in villages of round houses called wigwams. Here are some pictures of Native American wigwams like the ones Munsee Indians used. During the summer, Munsee families would go on extended hunting trips.