America Reframed: Skydancer

America Reframed: Skydancer

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 8:00pm

The Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center: for more than 120 years, Mohawk ironworkers have raised America’s modern cityscapes. They are called 'sky walkers' because they walk fearlessly atop steel beams just a foot wide, high above the city. Who are these Mohawk sky walkers? What is their secret for overcoming fear? Has 'sky walking' replaced an ancient rite of passage? Or is it the pure need to adapt in order to survive? And what is their life really like, when every Friday at quitting time, they jump in their cars and make the eight-hour drive up north to their families on the reservation? SKYDANCER, airing Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 8 p.m. on WXXI World, is a feature length documentary that takes a provocative look at Indian life in the 21st Century.

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