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High Steel (1965)

This short documentary offers a dizzying view of the Mohawk Indians of Kahnawake who work in Manhattan erecting the steel frames of skyscrapers. Famed for their skill in working with steel, the Mohawks demonstrate their nimble abilities in the sky. As a counterbalance, the viewer is also allowed a peek at their quieter community life on the Kahnawake Reserve, in Quebec. See photos of more contemporary work at


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Don Owen, the distributor National Film Board of Canada, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Don Owen
  • Produced by: Julian Biggs
  • Cinematographer: John Spotton
  • Sound: Ron Alexander
  • Editor: Don Owen
  • Other Credits: Music by Bruce Mackay
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • © 1965, National Film Board of Canada
  • 14mins, Color
  • Categories:
    WorkNative American Cultures