George F. "Thundercloud" Custalow in Regalia
Credit: Courtesy of Katie Gibson
Created: ca. 1935
Medium: Photograph, Photographs

George F. “Thundercloud” Custalow in Regalia

George F. “Thunder Cloud” Custalow, the chief of the Mattaponi Tribe from 1914 to 1949, poses in a feathered headdress in this photographic portrait. A politically active chief, Custalow worked to ensure that tribal members were recognized as “non-citizen Indians” during the World War I Selective Service Draft and that tribal members would be exempt from state and local taxation.