Sunny du Pree
Joined: 01 Jan 2003
Location: Push, Nevada
INFO: Lake of Tears Lenape Indians
The origin of the Nanticoke People began along the Nanticoke River in
Southeastern Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Migration
began in the early 1600's from Eastern Shore Maryland through
Southeastern Delaware, along the shores of New Jersey and as far
North to Canada and Westward into Oklahoma. As a result of this
migration, the Nanticoke People united with the Lenni-Lenape Indians
already living in New Jersey.
According to the Wallum Ollum, which is the religious history of the
Lenni-Lenape Indians, we learn that the Lenni-Lenape People migrated
to New Jersey from the "North Country" crossing the Mississippi
River. Unfortunately we cannot pinpoint the exact time the Lenni-
Lenape Indians settled here, since man has lived in New Jersey for at
least ten thousand (10,000) years.
The Lenni-Lenape Indians are known by the Algonkin Tribes as
the "Original People", "Grandfather", or "Men of Men", while the
Nanticoke Indians are known as the "Tidewater People". The
descendants of these two Tribes are still in existence today and
living in New Jersey, Delaware and through-out the United States.
The Lenape people occupied the Tuckerton area long before European
Colonists settled here. The Lenape believed that the world began on
the back of a tortoise. The upper shell became the land, from which
grew a root that sprang the first man. Then a second root sprang the
first woman. This Lenape belief was consistent with their essential
with their kinship with nature. Lenni-Lenape meant original people.
The Lenape Indians spent summers at the shore feasting on fish,
clams, oysters, mussels, and clams. They also hunted game in the
The Lenape believed that the world began on the back of a tortoise.
The upper shell became the land, from which grew a root that sprang
the first man. Then a second root sprang the first woman. This Lenape
belief was consistent with their essential with their kinship with
In the winter the Lenape Indians would live in Longhouses. In
Longhouses the Indians would tell stories and talk to take up time.
They would talk about their spiritual beliefs and things like magic.
The Longhouses were made out of wood frames with bark and grass over
them. Also, they didn't starve to death inside of the Longhouses
during the winter. They had plenty of food from the food they stored
in the other seasons.
Cape May diamonds were used for trading and also for jewelry for the
Lenape Indians. That's basically how we use diamonds too. There is
one little problem; the Cape May diamonds weren't really diamonds.
They were really chunks of quartz that were smoothened in the tidal
surge for millions of years. They are like gems found along beaches.
Colors are usually: milky white, gray, clear, red, yellow, black,
amber, and pink. The Lenape Indians enjoyed beautiful jewlery and
gems as we do today.
The Indian shell mound was actually a graveyard. . The shell mound
also contained the buried bones of Indians built up over the years.
It was very, very big. In 1888 a man named Francis Jordan Jr., (an
archeologist) had discovered that it was a graveyard. He also found
that a blunt weapon killed some Indians. This shell mound was found
about a mile away from the Little Egg Harbor.
HERE IS A WEBSITE FOR THE WALLUM OLUM
a PICTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE LENAPE