he Lenape Indians were the first people to live in what is now called New Jersey. The Lenape Indians lived in parts of Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. There were also called the Delaware Indians. There were three tribes of the Lenape Indians. Those three tribes spoke different languages. One of those groups spoke Mun see, the other spoke Uni mi, and the last group spoke Unalachtigo.
Their language was like Hebrew because they read it from right to left. The Lenape were very peaceful people. They lived in tents and long houses. They ate deer and many different foods that were from animals and they wore animal skin for coats. They also ate corn which they called maize. The Europeansettlers traded with the Indians.
The Lenape Indians made boxes out of straw and traded these with the Europeansettlers. The Europeans gave them guns and trinkets for valuable land. That is how they took over the land. The Schuylkill watershed was inhabited by the Lenni-Lenape people when the European explorers arrived. They were labeled the 'Delaware' by the settlers, after the European name for the river alongside which they lived.
They were a part of the Algonquin language group, and were under the political influence of the Iroquois Confederation. By and large they were a peaceful people. They were typical hunters and gatherers, although they also practiced farming, raising corn, beans and squash as staples of their diet. According to the Wall um Oleum, 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.