For more than a century, members of the Mohawk nation traveled great lengths and scaled astonishing heights to build iconic New York City skyscrapers, earning a legendary reputation and the nickname skywalkers.
As millions of people admire the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center and New York’s iconic bridges, most probably have not considered the essential role that Mohawk ironworkers played in their creation.
Artist Melissa Cacciola, Kahnawake Council Chief Lindsay LeBorgne and Robert Walsh, the business manager of Local 40, the New York branch of the international ironworkers’ union, will explore Mohawk contributions to these structures and the original World Trade Center in a special public program on Thursday, Dec. 13. The program will be centered on the latest exhibition at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, “Skywalkers: A Portrait of the Mohawk Ironworker at the World Trade Center.”
This exhibition features Cacciola’s tintype photographs coupled with artifacts inspired by the Twin Towers and created by Mohawk artists. The exhibition also features the first audio guide recorded entirely in the Mohawk language.
“Skywalkers” illustrates the essential role that the Mohawk ironworkers played in the history of lower Manhattan. Cacciola’s portraits enhance the story through their powerful testament to the Mohawk ironworkers’ longstanding ties to our site.
You can reserve tickets to Thursday’s program here.
By Timothy McGuirk, Communications Manager, 9/11 Memorial & Museum