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History of the Delawares Throughout my life as a Native American I have experienced many beautiful aspects of life and many terrifying aspects of life I come from a tribe we call the Delawares We were named the Delawares by the English because we lived on the bay named in honor of Lord de la Warr governor of the English colony at Jamestown in 1610 We are members of the Algonquian linguistic family and are also known as Lenni Lenape or the common people Throughout my childhood I was told stories of our family and the tribes past Every story became more and more interesting to me I wanted to know the entire history of the Delawares and make sure I would carry on the traditions and lifestyles the best way I could It has been said that in my great grandfathers time the Delawares owned and occupied a vast and magnificent territory extending along the Atlantic coast from Virginia to Massachusetts Before the 1620s the Delaware were very powerful people in the land The traditional home of our tribe in that time was at the River Basin an area that extends from what is now Southern New York to Delaware Bay But the location of our tribe on the Atlantic coast brought the tribe into early contact with the English colonists The Delawares style of living has not changed much since my great grandfathers days The Delaware tribe has never depended solely upon the chase for subsistence We grow large fields of corn squash beans sweet potatoes and tobacco We manufacture pottery dressed deerskins beads or wampum feather mantels and other ornaments We also use considerable native copper which we hammer into ornaments or use for arrowheads and pipes I sometimes use copper to make stone pipes and bows and arrows Throughout the many years our implements of war have continually been war clubs tomahawks bows and arrows scalping knives and spears We
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