Mohawk Ironworkers

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  • 2016
  • 1 Season

Mohawk Ironworkers is a documentary series produced by Mushkeg Production Inc, which focuses on the dangerous and awe-inspiring work of the Mohawk ironworkers who have helped build some of North America's most iconic skyscrapers, bridges, and other structures. The show provides an intimate look at the daily lives of these fearless and highly skilled workers, and the unique Mohawk culture that has produced generations of ironworkers.

The Mohawk people have a long history of working in the steel and construction industries, and their reputation as some of the best ironworkers in the world has been earned through generations of hard work and dedication to their craft. In the first season of Mohawk Ironworkers, viewers get to see these men and women in action as they work on a variety of construction sites across North America, including New York City, Toronto, and Chicago.

One of the standout features of Mohawk Ironworkers is the incredible footage captured by the show's filmmakers. Cameras are mounted on the ironworkers themselves, giving viewers a firsthand perspective of what it's like to work hundreds of feet above the ground. The show also features stunning aerial shots of the various construction sites, further emphasizing the sheer scale of the projects these workers undertake.

But Mohawk Ironworkers isn't just about the work itself – it's also about the people doing that work. Throughout the season, viewers are introduced to various ironworkers, each with their own unique story and perspective on the job. Some are following in the footsteps of their fathers and grandfathers, while others are the first in their family to take up the trade. All of them share a deep respect for the dangerous and rewarding work they do.

Another fascinating aspect of the show is the exploration of Mohawk culture and how it shapes the ironworkers' approach to their work. For example, the ironworkers have their own language, which incorporates elements of English, French, and Mohawk. This language, along with other cultural traditions and beliefs, has been passed down through generations of ironworkers and is an integral part of who they are as a people.

The first season of Mohawk Ironworkers is made up of six hour-long episodes, each focusing on a different construction project. Viewers get to see the major milestones of each project, from the laying of the foundation to the final touches. Along the way, they also get to see the various challenges and dangers the ironworkers face on a daily basis, including extreme weather conditions, welding accidents, and falls from great heights.

Throughout the show, it's clear that the ironworkers' commitment to their craft is unwavering, even in the face of danger. Their professionalism and dedication are an inspiration, and viewers will come to appreciate the incredible skill and bravery required to do this work.

Overall, Mohawk Ironworkers is a fascinating and thrilling look at an incredible group of people and the work they do. The show is sure to appeal to anyone with an interest in construction or engineering, as well as those who simply appreciate well-made documentaries that showcase the triumphs and struggles of real people. With its stunning visuals, engaging storytelling, and unique cultural perspective, Mohawk Ironworkers is a must-watch for anyone who values hard work, dedication, and a love for the craft.

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Woman of Steel
13. Woman of Steel
December 20, 2016
Female Mohawk ironworkers are shattering stereotypes that the trade is solely a "man's job." Three determined women share their experiences about life on the job site and after.
John Squires: Making a Connection
12. John Squires: Making a Connection
December 20, 2016
John Squires has been in the business for over 40 years and there are no signs of stopping him anytime soon. As a veteran ironworker, John is indispensable on a job site, offering his years of wisdom to the next generation.
Booming Out West
11. Booming Out West
December 20, 2016
A group of Mohawks travel far from home, to a Saskatchewan potash mine where they construct rigs rivaling the size of major skyscrapers. The paydays for the job are great, but the cost of working so far from their families may be even greater.
The Skywalkers of Six Nations
10. The Skywalkers of Six Nations
December 20, 2016
Six Nations of the Grand River is the largest First Nations reserve in Canada, so it is home to a lot of ironworkers, and ironworking lore. Today, two generations of ironworkers work together to build for the future.
Health, Home and Heritage
9. Health, Home and Heritage
December 20, 2016
Ironwork is one of the most dangerous and physically demanding jobs in the world, so the health , heritage and family become paramount to successfully cope with life outside the job.
A Bridge to Remember
8. A Bridge to Remember
December 20, 2016
The Seaway International Bridge, a US-Canada border crossing connecting Akwesasne to Cornwall was maintained by Mohawks, and is now being dismantled by Mohawks. But the bridge has a legacy of more than just steel.
The Hill Brothers: Keeping it in the Family
7. The Hill Brothers: Keeping it in the Family
December 20, 2016
The Hill Brothers, Mike, Gary and Rodney, have over 80 years of ironworking experience between them. Family is key in the ironwork business, with the brothers following in their father's footsteps, and their families supporting them every day on the job, and off.
Booming out to NYC
6. Booming out to NYC
December 20, 2016
New York City has always been the most popular job site to "boom out " for Mohawk Ironworkers who helped build its famous skyline. They still work there, but now commute to NYC to provide for their families back home.
Albert Stalk: Living Legend
5. Albert Stalk: Living Legend
December 20, 2016
Kahnawake's own Albert Stalk began as most ironworkers do, by picking up the trade from his father, but he would soon become world renowned for his daring feats including being the first person to ever climb Paris' Eiffel Tower without safety gear.
Training for Steel
4. Training for Steel
December 20, 2016
Kahnawake Mohawks travel to Montreal for the only English-language apprenticeship program in the area, while Akwesasne has a training program right in the community, run under the watchful eye of veteran ironworker William Cook.
The Ultimate Ironworker
3. The Ultimate Ironworker
December 20, 2016
The Akwesasne Ironworkers Festival is a chance for ironworkers across North America to showcase their craft and hopefully win the "Ultimate Ironworker" award using skills done throughout history by ironworkers on the job.
9/11 Aftermath
2. 9/11 Aftermath
December 20, 2016
When the NYC Twin Towers were destroyed on 9/11, Mohawk ironworkers helped clear the wreckage of the iconic Towers their fathers built. But no one was prepared for the real impact of the Ground Zero site cleanup.
The World Trade Center and 9/11
1. The World Trade Center and 9/11
December 20, 2016
The NYC World Trade Center is ingrained in Mohawk ironwork history. This is the story of 5 Mohawk men who helped build the iconic Twin Towers and post 9/11, Mohawks helped to rebuild the site.
  • Premiere Date
    December 20, 2016