American Diastrophism

Diego Romero, Cochiti Pueblo / American, born 1964





Overall: 26 1/2 × 24 in. (67.3 × 61 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Acquisition and Preservation of Native American Art Fund



Place Made: United States, North America


21st century

Object Name


Research Area


Native American: Southwest

Native American

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. Diego Romero’s print draws our attention to issues of extraction through the depiction of militarized police confronting a water protector. Despite its modern decoration, Tammy Garcia’s canteen with redware elements was made using 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

Exhibition History

Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 11-November 15, 2022.


Shiprock Sante Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico; sold to present collection, 2021.

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