Cool story about the Kahnawake Mohawks


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Why do so many Native Americans work on skyscrapers?

December 18, 1992

Dear Cecil:

What's the deal with the historical hiring of Native American Indians to work on skyscrapers? Have they all truly been blessed with a lack of fear for heights?

— Robert Wallman, New York

Cecil replies:

Nah, it's the warrior ethic. Really. But first we'd better have a little background. It's not just any American Indian who goes into ironwork, it's mostly Iroquois, specifically Mohawks from the Kahnawake reservation near Montreal.

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