About Chief Tamanend

  • Born around the year 1628, little is known of Chief Tamanend's boyhood, but by 1683 he had become chief of the Turtle Clan, the Unami, which was the head clan, and thus made Tamanend chief of all the Delawares.


    On June 23rd of 1683 William Penn met Tamanend and other Delaware chiefs. There was an immediate trust built during this meeting and at its conclusion, a treaty of peace was enacted. Of this peace, Chief Tamanend said, “We will live in love with William Penn and his children as long as the creeks and rivers run, and while the sun, moon, and stars endure.”


    The peaceful influence Tamanend and Penn established had great bearing on relationships throughout the colonies. The peace treaty of Chief Tamanend and William Penn lasted for three quarters of a century.



    A Moravian Missionary described Tamanend… He “was an ancient Delaware chief, who never had [an] equal. He was in the highest degree endowed with wisdom, virtue, prudence, charity, affability, meekness, hospitality… In short, he was endowed with every good and noble qualification.”



    Chief Tamanend's peaceful leadership brought people together. In his name, our school continues his legacy by being Tamanend Together.