In New Mexico there were three major cultural objects between the 1920s and the 1930s. These three objects were Pueblo pottery, Dine weaving, and Hispanic woodcarving. Throughout these three objects Roberts’s theme of continuity amid change comes into effect. What exactly does continuity amid change mean? Well “This Simply means that while things change around us, underneath these changes is a level where things are long-lasting and fundamentally unaltered.” (p.3). This theme makes New Mexico art very interesting in a unique way because of its continuity amid change throughout New Mexico history.

In Pueblo pottery many changes have occurred ever since the Pueblo Indians rediscovered pottery in the 1920s. The black-on-black pottery became popular in the late twentieth century. However, many Hopi, Hopi/Tewa, and Zia potters have carried traditions that began centuries ago in their villages. Many factors such as commercialism becoming more prevalent can lead to changes of style and tastes. Another distinction between the past and today is that nowadays Anglo’s desire to own unique and exceptional pieces of pottery has been introduced in Pueblo pottery. This continuity amid change was developed in Pueblo pottery when its style was altered by commercialism which leads to more variety of pottery.


Dinẽ weaving that included native designs was in high demand by traders and collectors. A major change in Dinẽ weaving was altered as weaving became more marketable because it became less an item of trade and more an item to be purchased by outsiders. This facto brought in to consideration of money and not the importance of the weaving itself. Another example of continuity amid change in weaving was that Navajos stopped wearing blankets of their own manufacture but in effect started wearing blankets that were weaved elsewhere.


Woodcarving was another object that was altered because f continuity amid change. Josѐ Dolores Lόpez was known as one of “the most documented santero of New Mexico.” (p.47) He created a new style of woodcarving that was closer to contemporary western art than authentic Spanish colonial works of New Mexico to satisfy “the tastes of the Santa Fe Anglo market” (p.47) Lόpez wood carved santos (saints), but he didn’t call them santos, but instead called them monos (dolls). Arguments developed over selling religious images to nonbelievers, and continue in discussion throughout today’s society. Nowadays, santeros feel it’s a sin to sell secular items to the general public.


These changes in the 1920s and 1930s are just an example of how continuity amid change happens everywhere around us. Just like everything else on earth it is found that Art is constantly evolving into new forms. There are many causes that could have changed the way we look at art but if you think about it, art still has that same meaning of value. Causes such as demand, variety, and commercialization are just some examples of how art can be altered in many ways leading to continuity amid change in the way art is created.