Lenni Lenape

By: Ellie, Katie, Mary Arden, and Archie

Lenni Lenape

In the 1400s the first Delaware Indians, also known as the Lenni Lenape, came to what is now the United States. In the 17th century they spread to what are now New Jersey, Delaware, East Pennsylvania, and Southeast New York. They occupied the area between northern Delaware and New York.

They called themselves the Delaware Indians because people couldn’t pronounce Lenni Lenape correctly. They also lived in an area of the Deleware river. So, the name stuck with the tribe. The Delaware Indians were also a very peaceful tribe.

People's Roles

Lenape men were hunters and sometimes went to war to protect their families. Lenape women were farmers and did most of the child care and cooking. They also made clothes when they had free time. The children played with eachother and they helped around the house. The boys loved to go hunting and fishing with their fathers.


The Delaware Indians lived in huts called wigwams during bad or extreme weather. They made supplies out of random natural items like sticks, big leaves, and logs. The men of the tribe hunted for things like deer, beaver, and other animals for food, clothing, and other necessities.