Have you ever heard of Joe Two Trees?
This is a photo of a Bronx island that holds a fascinating story of a Native New Yorker. Just a few steps from Orchard Beach and at the southernmost point of the New England rocky coastline, this island that actually has many trees is named “Two Trees Island.” It was named for “The Last Algonquin.”
Two Trees Island along with a few more islands plus the surrounding coastline forest at this southernmost outcropping of Hartland Schist is the place where in 1924 a 12-year-old Boy Scout named Theodore L. Kazimiroff was exploring the woods and encountered Joe Two Trees. There on the shores of the Long Island Sound and Pelham Bay they would become friends and the young man would later record what he could about the hidden lifestyle of Joe Two Trees in a book.
In that remote area of the Bronx, the man who had once tried to live “the civilized life” but been rejected and abused by the Manhattan population was living off the land in seclusion. Joe Two Trees believed he was the last living Native American. “Like E.T. the last Algonquin was a being stranded in an alien culture.”