Important things to know about the Lenni Lenape people
The First People
Who are the Lenape?
The Lenape Community
familes were important to the lenape Indians. there were strong tiews beetween parents and children.
the lenape had three clans wolf turkey and turtle which traced
thierv decendend through the female line. for example if a mother belonged to the same clan.the sons had to marry women from other clans and their children belonged to thier mothers clan
Sharing the work
Clothing and Decoration
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Decoration and jewelry
Shelters and Villages and Tools
Men used tools to make houses and canoes. Some tools were used to make clothing, moccasins, mats and baskets. Sinew from animals was used for sewing and binding. Rattles were made from the hooves of animals.
Beliefs and Vision Quests
The Lenape believed that there were spirits- called manetu- all around them. They believed that spirits could be helpful or harmful and so they had to be treated with respect. The Native Americans were careful not to offend the spirits.
The Lenape believed that certain rituals gave them special power to influence spirits. It was custom for boys (sometimes girls) to mark the time when they became adults by going away alone for many days to fast and dream to find a special guardian. This special guardian could take the form of a fox, a hawk, a small ant or even a rock could protect the individual for life.
Preparing the food
The three most important crops were known as the Three Sisters; corn, squash, beans.
Storing food for Winter
Plant foods were also stored away for the wintertime. Deep holes were dug in the earth. Dried meat, dried fish and other were placed in these pits to enable the Lenape to survive the cold winter.
Travel and Transportation and Games
Not much is known about games and sport. The children wrestled for skill. there toys were usually made of tools and weapons for boys and cornhusk dolls for girls.
The early explorers (Europeans) also brought disease such as small pox, measles,mumps and scarlet fever. The Lenape had no immunities to the diseases and it devastated the native population. By 1750, the Lenape lost almost 90% of their people.
The Lenape sold their lands in New Jersey and moved to Oklahoma and Canada.
The Lenape Today
children primarily attend public schools.some elders still speak the delaware language.
lenape children still have their arts and oral traditions that reflect their culture. unlike there ancestors they attend school,wear clothes such as jeans and sweatshirts,live in apartments and houses and watch the same television shows and films that children throughout the united states do.