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John Combs won the column climb, ringing the bell<br />at the top in only 7.2 seconds.
John Combs won the column climb, ringing the bell
at the top in only 7.2 seconds.

"High Steel" Prowess at Ironworker Festival

For generations, Mohawks and other Native Americans have built the world's most famous buildings and bridges, including the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center. They work the "high steel," a dangerous profession practiced hundreds of feet above the ground. The skill and craft of ironworking took center stage last month near Syracuse in a sort of ironworker olympics. Ironworkers competed in events like knot-tying, wrench throwing, and the 30-foot column climb. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Iroquois Ironworkers To Celebrate Skills & Culture

The Mohawk ironworkers are famous for building America's tallest skyscrapers, including the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center towers. But less is known about how the ironworker trade fits into the cultural fabric of several Iroquois Nations. This fall Turning Stone casino in central New York will host an ironworker festival and competition to spotlight the skills and tradition of native high steelworkers. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Lewis Hine's famous photograph of Mohawk Ironworkers in NYC.
Lewis Hine's famous photograph of Mohawk Ironworkers in NYC.

Honoring Mohawk "Skywalkers"

A special ceremony will pay tribute to Akwesasne residents who helped build--and clean up--the World Trade Center in New York City. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will honor the tradition of Mohawk ironworkers this weekend with concerts and celebrations. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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