Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Booming Out: Mohawk Ironworkers Build New York Online Exhibit

Booming Out: Mohawk Ironworkers Build New York Online Exhibit.

"Mohawk people have been building bridges and skyscrapers for more than 100 years. Beginning as unskilled laborers, they quickly earned a reputation for being top-notch workers on high steel.

Later, they began "booming out" from Native communities in upstate New York and Canada in search of work on windswept girders far from home. Today, Mohawk ironworkers still leave their homes and families to search for work, continuing a tradition that spans six generations

This photography exhibition portrays the history and contemporary lives of Mohawk ironworkers from two Native communities: Akwesasne (which straddles Ontario, Quebec, and New York State) and Kahnawake (near Montreal). The images reflect the towering contribution Mohawk people have made to the United States, Canada, and, especially, New York City."

A sliding arrow allows you to view the exhibit. 
Moving your mouse over an image will cause it 
to enlarge and a caption to show to the left.

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