September - May
Friday through Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
June - August
Thursday through Sunday 10:00 - 4:00 PM
$4 Seniors (age 65);
$4 Children ages 12 and over;
Children 11 and under Free;
2825 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown, PA 18103
The Museum of Indian Culture provides a unique opportunity for visitors to learn about the early history and culture of this nation’s First Peoples. When touring our Northeast Woodlands Room, imagine yourself knapping tools out of stone, making cordage from plant fiber, and calling fire using primitive tools.
Learn about what items were commonly traded among American Indians and settlers during the Fur Trade Era. See authentic beadwork, pottery, basketry, and more, handmade by various Northeastern tribes such as the Iroquois, Passamaquoddy, and Lenape.
The Museum's Inter-Tribal Room currently features a variety of American Indian artistry such as a Lakota Morning Star Quilt, beaded moccasins, knife sheath, Cheyenne sash, Navajo sand art and pottery, Hopi textiles and over 70 replica hand-carved Kachinas.
The on-site Clair A. Carbonell Research Library is over 3,000 books strong. It is the largest Native American library collection in Pennsylvania, and it includes books, pamphlets, and photography from tribes throughout the Western hemisphere as well as herbals, archaeology, history, treaties, arts and crafts, and language.
The searchable catalog (about 3/4 of it) is available online at www.librarything.com/catalog/indianmuseum
For over 35 years, the Museum of Indian Culture has been Pennsylvania’s premier
educational resource center for people of all ages to learn about the Lenape/Delaware
and other American Indian tribes.
Brief History of the Lenape
For over 10,000 years, the First Peoples of the Northeastern Woodlands tribes lived in agricultural and hunting societies. Men's, women's, and children’s roles were well defined. Preparation was the key to survival.
With the arrival of early explorers, survival took on a different meaning.
The Forced March:
Initially the Lenape of Pennsylvania had equitable dealings with William Penn. After Penn’s death, his sons concocted a plan to swindle the Lenape out of land which is now known as the infamous Walking Purchase. Times only got progressively worse for the Lenape. In the 1730s an English bounty of 30—50 British pounds was offered for any Lenape, dead or alive. The final blow came during a Conference in 1758 in Easton, Pennsylvania when the Lenape (Delaware) were forced from their Pennsylvania and New Jersey ancestral homelands.
Eventually the Lenape were forced to settle in Oklahoma and Canada.
Today their descendants live throughout the world. In the United States the Lenape (Delaware) do not live on reservations or on Indian Territory. The only two surviving Lenape tribes in the United States officially recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. are the Delaware Tribe of Indians (Bartlesville, Oklahoma) and Delaware Nation (Anadarko, Oklahoma).
Resources about Native Americans
The official website of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) includes genealogical information and many other resources for researchers: www.bia.gov
Also check out the websites of the three federally-recognized Delaware/Lenape groups:
http://www.delawaretribe.org (Bartlesville, OK)
http://www.delawarenation.com (Anadarko, OK)
http://www.delawarenation.on.ca (Moraviantown, Canada)
We can also provide interested organizations and individuals with lists of:
Native American performers and educators
Native American craft vendors and artisans
Charities and organizations serving Native Americans
Written resources about Native American history