Little Caughnawaga: To Brooklyn and Back

Little Caughnawaga: To Brooklyn and Back

2008 | 56 min

Mohawk high steel workers have a special place in North American history. The iconic New York skyline - with its great monuments to modernity - is the fruit of their labour.

While the men were scraping the skies, the women had their feet firmly on the ground - sustaining a vibrant Mohawk community in the heart of Brooklyn.

Little Caughnawaga evokes the neighbourhood's heyday - from the 1920s through to the 60s - and salutes the spirited women who kept the culture alive.

The Brooklyn Mohawks were mostly from Kahnawake, a community long associated with the dangerous world of high steel. In 1907 the small town lost 33 men in the Quebec Bridge disaster, an event that still looms large in collective memory.

Moving back and forth between Brooklyn and Kahnawake, director Reaghan Tarbell crafts an affectionate portrait of Little Caughnawaga ad a heartfelt tribute to the cultural resilience of her people.

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Credits
  • writer
    Reaghan Tarbell
  • director
    Reaghan Tarbell
  • producer
    George Hargrave
    Paul M. Rickard
    Germaine Ying Gee Wong
    Kat Baulu
  • executive producer
    Ravida Din
    Shirley K. Sneve
  • camera
    Paul M. Rickard
  • editor
    MeiYen Chan
  • additional camera
    Zacharie Fay
  • location sound
    Nick Huard
    Zacharie Fay
    Ryan Mitchell
  • narration
    Reaghan Tarbell
  • narration coach
    Kathleen Fee
  • music
    diGitum
  • vocals
    Francine Saïa
  • additional music
    Intermède PikMusic
  • music - arrangement
    Albert Canadian
  • accompanist
    Albert Canadian
  • production coordinator
    Megan Thorne
    Sia Koukoulas
  • production assistant
    Dulsie Thompson
    Cherri Low Horn
  • research
    Reaghan Tarbell
  • accounting
    Margaret Terreau
  • translator
    Hilda Nicholas
    Mary Nicholas
  • transcripts
    Cherri Low Horn
    Nahani Grenier
  • unit administrator
    Dan Emery
    Nickie Merulla
  • marketing manager
    Moira Keigher
  • sound mixer
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • post-production coordinator
    Marysol Moran
    Brigitte Sénéchal
  • digital editing supervisor
    Danielle Raymond
  • sound editor
    Chris Leon
  • online editor
    Dave Stonier
  • graphics
    Dave Stonier
  • photo retouching
    Ryan Mitchell
  • post-production
    Nutaaq Media Inc.
  • closed captioning
    Nutaaq Media Inc.