Photostory #213L: At Home in the Clouds: Bridge Building Mohawks
National Film Board of Canada
June 9, 1959
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Anywhere a bird will land, a Mohawk Indian will climb. So goes one of the legends known to the building trade throughout Canada and the United States where stories concerning the daring and fleet-footedness of Mohawk Indians from the Iroquoian tribe are legion. At ease on the dizziest heights, Mohawks helped build New York's 1472-foot Empire State Building as well as numerous skyscrapers and towering bridges throughout the length and breadth of North America. A tightly knit band of a few thousand in an 85,000-man group of daredevils who make high steel their profession, these Indians seem to possess a built-in sense of balance which makes them as much at home in the clouds as on the ground; their cat-like agility and audacity aloft have become legendary.