National Geographic : 1952 Jul
138 Three Years Old and Every Inch a Mohawk Is Linda Holding-an-Apple Linda Lahache was christened with both an ordinary and an Indian name. Waienhawe, her Mohawk name, means "Holding-an-Apple." She talks glibly in English but "can't speak a word of Mohawk," says her mother. nobody took a backward step into empty air. That evening I visited some of the Mohawks at home to hear the story of how they got into high-iron work. Indian Village in Brooklyn Most of them live within a few blocks of one another in an old section of Brooklyn not far from the Gowanus Canal. A few own houses; the rest rent walk-up apartments. Some have their own cars, and almost all have television sets, on which they especially like to watch Western programs-about Indians. Their migration to Brooklyn, they told me, began in the late 1920's. But the beginning of their story goes back further than that. During the American Revolution the warlike Mohawk tribe moved as a body to Canada and raided the colonists in its old homeland, New York's green Mohawk Valley, from bases north of the border.* When the Colonies won, these exiles settled down on reservations in Canada. One of the reservations, southwest of Mont real on the St. Lawrence River, is called Caughnawaga (meaning "At the Rapids"). It was originally founded by Jesuits in 1667 as a settlement for Indian converts. Almost all the Brooklyn Mohawks were born there. At first the exiled Mohawks supported them * See "Drums to Dynamos on the Mohawk," by Frederick G. Vosburgh, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGA ZINE, July, 1947.