This series of rare black and white historical photographs of the Montauk Indians was compiled by Red Thunder Cloud (1919 – 1996) (born "Cromwell Ashbie Hawkins West"), the man who identified himself as the last native speaker of the Catawba Indian language, and was published in East Hampton, N.Y.
Each photograph is annotated by Red Thunder Cloud himself with a detailed biographical description of the subject of the photograph and information about the place and time where the photograph was taken, albeit sometimes with a personal perspective that must be taken into consideration by the reader.
This series was originally published in three sets, of which the Patchogue-Medford Library has in its collection parts of "Set 2" and "Set 3".
The reverse reads:
"The strong features of the full blood type of Montauk are evident in the face of Marguerite Fowler La Porte. This photo of her was taken on the back porch of her home in Freetown, a hamlet in East Hampton to which the Indians were moved from Montauk in 1875.
Compare this photo of her to those taken when she was a girl for an interesting contrast. See Photos 4 and 11 in this Set. In Photo 13, Set 1 there is a very good front face photo of Mrs. La Porte."