High steel

Canada, 1965

Film
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This film from the National Film Board of Canada profiles a Mohawk Indian from Kahnawake just outside of Montreal Canada, who is a steelworker, working on the construction of skyscrapers in Manhatten New York. The Mohawk Indians from Kahnawake are famous for erecting the steel frames of skyscrapers and it is a tradition, which goes back generations. Some truly death-defining footage is shown of the steelworkers up on top of buildings skillfully shifting metal beams into position. The Indians community life is also shown in Kahnawake as well as some stunning historical photographs of Indians working on the Quebec Bridge in 1907 which ended in disaster. A song ballad by Bruce Mackay called Mountains of Iron and Steel is effectively mixed through the film. Directed by Don Owen.

Credits

production company

ONF | NFB

producer

Julian Biggs

director
Duration

00:13:42:00

Production places
Canada
Production dates
1965

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

321314

Language

English

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Construction industry

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Construction workers

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → City and town life

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Indians of North America

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Indians of North America - Canada

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Mohawk Indians

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → New York (N.Y.)

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Skyscrapers

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → City and town life

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Indians of North America - Canada - Social conditions

Places → New York (N.Y.)

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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