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, English name given several closely related Native American groups of the Algonquian branch of the Algonquian-Wakashan linguistic stock (see Native American languages). In the 17th cent., they lived in what is now New Jersey, Delaware, E Pennsylvania, and SE New York.
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, Native North Americans.
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A Lenape among the Quakers: The Life of Hannah Freeman.
Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn
In the seventeenth century, Swedish colonists described the Native people of this region as "Renappi," derived from the name Lenape, meaning roughly "ordinary person." Toward the end of the century, Lenapes became known as Delawares.
The neighborhood's curving alleys narrate their own version of history: Pearl Street is named for the piles of oyster shells left by the Lenapes.
Hicks usually depicted them crowded together in a serene landscape, with William Penn in the background forging his famous peace treaty with the Lenape Indians.
As Moravians relied upon the lot at moments of indecision and worry, traditional Lenapes looked for spiritual contact in similar periods of distress and need.
Meantime, aside from briefly acknowledging the Shawnee claim to the "Fort Ancient" culture, O'Donnell completely snubs equally intense claims, supported not only by oral tradition but also by Western sources of the Cherokees, Iroquois, and Lenapes, to Ohio Mound-Builder histories.
Schaaf's most important contribution, beyond the documents themselves, is to recall that the first official council held between an Indian nation and the independent United States was Morgan's council with the Lenapes in 1776.
And I know that the borough next to the town I grew up in is called Macungie, derived from a Lenape word.
When it came to the question of possible Lenape origins, Cohen considered existing evidence and even presented new evidence, before essentially dismissing it in favor of his Dutch-African theory.
Brinton's The Lenape and Their Legends, With the Complete Text and Symbols of the Walam Olum (1885).