Lenape: The First Staten Islanders

Lenape: The First Staten Islanders

Artifacts from the Museum's renowned Lenape Collection with pieces that date back to the Paleo-Indians of more than 10,000 years ago.

This exhibition is now closed.

This new permanent installation in the Museum's auditorium details the story of the Lenape Indians life. The Lenape's existence among the bleak tundra-like landscape was difficult, but gradually evolved over thousands of years with the development of agriculture, permanent settlements, and a more temperate climate. Visitors and classes will see an array of artifacts and mounted specimens related to Lenape food, clothing and other aspects of survival.

Look for three new original murals:

Created by Betty Seminario, 2006.
Mural production by Susan Crabtree, 2006.

The murals will illustrate the way of life for Algonquin tribal life on Staten Island through the ages, before the arrival of European settlers. Our collection of art, tools, natural history specimens and documents reveal how the original settlers of our island lived.

Lenape Stonehead

Stone head found in Concord, Staten Island in 1884. Similar specimens have been found in other NY and Penn. locations, suggesting an Iroquoian affliation or cultural interaction between these and the Staten Island Indians. From the Staten Island Museum's Natural History Collection.


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