A Mohawk Indian winds up to punch a soldier during a fight that took place on the Khanawake reserve on Montreal's south shore in 1990. The army broke up the fight by shooting into the air. Twenty plus years after an armed standoff at Oka laid Canada's often difficult relationship with its native peoples bare in international headlines, the bitterly contested land remains in legal limbo. (CP PHOTO)
For more than 100 years, Mohawk people have taken part in the seemingly superhuman task of building skyscrapers and bridges throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. Working in New York City since the 1920s, these brave and skilled ironworkers helped build the city’s most prominent landmarks, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the George Washington Bridge, and the World Trade Center.
Skywalkers: The Legacy of the Mohawk Ironworker at the World Trade Center, will be featured at the Staten Island Museum starting this weekend. The exhibition is a collection of contemporary tintype portraits of Mohawk Ironworkers who volunteered in the rescue efforts after 9/11. (Courtesy Melissa Cacciola/Staten Island Museum)
For more than 120 years, six generations of Mohawk Ironworkers have raised America's modern cityscapes. They are called 'sky walkers' because they walk fearlessly atop steel beams high above the city streets. On 9/11 Mohawk ironworkers from all over the country rushed to Ground Zero, dismantling what their grandfathers and fathers had built.
IROQUOIS Mohawk Chief Two-Axe & his wife Konwakeri Kentiokokta, Caughnawaga (Kahnawaké) reservation, Québec, Canada, c.1910. Dominic Two-Axe became Chief of the Turtle Clan from Kahnawake about 1923. The couple had a girl, Mary Two-Axe Earley (1911-1996), who were an active militant for Native Women Rights. Real Photo Postcard edited c.1930-1950.