Mohawk Ironworkers Made Boerum Hill Their Home
This now-almost-forgotten era is the subject of the film “Little Caughnawaga: From Brooklyn and Back,” to be shown at the Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. in tandem with another film, “Club Native.”
“Little Caughnawaga: From Brooklyn and Back” by Reaghan Tarbell, herself a Mohawk, traces the director’s family from the Kahnawake Mohawk community of Quebec to Boerum Hill, where dozens of Mohawk families then resided while building Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers.
Many of the Mohawks commuted back and forth between Brooklyn and the reservation, depending on the time of year. They were often featured in newspaper articles, but sometimes with mock-humorous derogatory headlines such as “Indian Ironworkers Make Heap Big Wampum.”
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