“Skywalkers: Mohawk Ironworkers Build the City” is not about Luke or other sci fi characters. It’s a terrific nonfiction read on the role of the Mohawk people in building our country’s skyscrapers- and much more. Written for middle to high school plus, this book is a surprising page-turner. The author, David Weitzman, takes us from the early culture of the Mohawk people to their present day role as ironworkers and bridge builders.
This book is fascinating, with marvelous photographs dating back to the 1800s. Weitzman’s use of primary source info, such as interviews and written commentaries, bring each chapter to life. For kiddos who are curious about construction, native peoples, bridge disasters, and more, this book is riveting (pun intended)! The author explores myths and legends about the famous Mohawk ironworkers, including the sobering realities of building our cities. You will be amazed at the skills, the sacrifices, and the grit of these people. While this book has a social studies emphasis, it also presents the complex math of construction and the role of engineers and architects. “Skywalkers” will forever change the way you view our city skylines.
In case you’re wondering how I found this gem, it was recommended reading for Camp Wonderopolis 2017. You can check out that site for other books with a STEM focus.