Saints and Sinners

Diego Romero, Cochiti Pueblo / American, born 1964
Cochiti Pueblo (Kotyete)



Three color lithograph

Image: 20 × 26 1/2 in. (50.8 × 67.3 cm)

Sheet: 24 × 30 1/2 in. (61 × 77.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Stephen A. Lister, Class of 1963



Landfall Press, Inc., Santa Fe, New Mexico


Place Made: Cochití Pueblo, United States, North America


21st century

Object Name


Research Area

Native American

Native American: Southwest


Not on view


In each of these works, the artists use iconic Pop and comic book imagery to intrigue their viewers. Jason Garcia creates comic book–like scenes of traditional Pueblo life; his innovative technique of storytelling on ceramic tiles diverges from the more common vessel shapes of Pueblo pottery. In Tewa Tales of Suspense! Priest Killer, a Pueblo warrior holds the head of a monk, referencing the Pueblo Revolt against Spanish colonizers in 1680—while Diego Romero’s print shows Spanish conquistadors inflicting violence upon the Pueblo people. Despite its modern decoration, Tammy Garcia’s canteen with redware elements reflects traditional pottery techniques: it is coil built, carved, and polished with traditional clay slips.

I am building in clay vessels that resemble glass bottles. This is the "Pop Bottle." In pop culture, attitudes can be seen in an image through facial expression, as in a Roy Lichtenstein painting. I am fascinated how one word, like, "POW," along with an image, can tell a story. Words have become an important part of my design and the exploration of that has just begun! —Tammy Garcia

From the 2022 exhibition Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design, curated by Dillen Peace '19, Native American Art Intern and Sháńdíín Brown '20, Native American Art Intern 

Course History

ANTH 3.01, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Sienna Craig, Winter 2022

Writing Program 5.24, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Winter 2023

Writing Program 5.25, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Winter 2023

English 62.05, Horrors of Survival: Modern American Literature, Jamie Godley, Summer 2023

Exhibition History

Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 22, 2022-May 3, 2022.


Stephanie A. Lister, Santa Fe, New Mexico; given to present collection, 2019.

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