By: Ellie, Katie, Mary Arden, and Archie
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.
The children often liked to go hunting and fishing with their fathers.
The Lenape hunters used bows and arrows. The killed many animals such as deer and beaver.
The women wore beaded clothing made from painted clay or beads. They also cared for the children of the family.
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.