Art, Honor & Service by Seneca filmmaker Caleb G. Abrams
The Warrior Tradition

Art, Honor and Service


Distinguished Onöndowa’ga:’ (Seneca) artist and Vietnam veteran, Carson Waterman, says art saved his life. First, when he was reassigned as a ‘combat artist’ after serving seven months in the 4th Infantry and later, when he returned home, art provided him a respite from the wartime trauma he carried.

CALEB G. ABRAMS | Onöndowa'ga:' (Seneca Nation), Ohi:yo' (Allegany Territory)

Caleb G. Abrams is an Onöndowa’ga:’ (Seneca) writer, director, and producer based out of what is currently considered Buffalo, NY. Raised on the Seneca’s Allegany Territory, much of his work emerges from the social, historical, and cultural background of his people. He has written and produced multiple independent short films and commercial series, and collaborated with WNED-TV, Odawi Law PLLC, the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum/Onöhsagwë:dé Cultural Center, and the Seneca Nation’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office on a number of video projects. He has presented his work at universities, historical societies, libraries, museums, high schools, and a variety of community and cultural resource organizations throughout Haudenosaunee Territory and the Northeast.

Abrams served as the associate producer of the award-winning national public television documentary, Lake of Betrayal (2017) which tells the story of the Seneca Nation’s fight in the 1950s and 60s to defend their treaty-protected lands along the Allegheny River against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intent on constructing the Kinzua Dam downriver and the federal government pursing a policy of Indian termination. His forthcoming short film, The Burning of My Cold Spring Home, is scheduled for completion May 2020.