Photostory #213L: At Home in the Clouds: Bridge Building Mohawks

Gar Lunney , Photographic Services
National Film Board of Canada
Release Date
June 9, 1959
CMCP fonds
Credit Line
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Main Text
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.