We Walk in Beauty

Jerry Giron, Taos Pueblo

Jerry Giron

Do you have a specific memory that stands out in your mind when you were young?
"All my growing up years, spending time with my dad, Teresino Jiron, and being the oldest, I had to help my dad do a lot of plowing, planting and, of course, harvest time came around, and it was a lot of work doing things like shucking corn, either cooking the corn, drying the corn, or eating it."

How is your life different from your parents or grandparents?
"There are lot of problems and everything is expensive. In my parents or grandparents days or era, they didn't have what we have today like TV, radio, and a lot of different foods. Everything — everything is different today than then."

What traditions from the past do you still continue to practice?
"Everything that was taught to me by my dad and my mom. Our tradition is still carried on."

What was your impression on having your photograph taken?
"I am astonished."

What do you see for the future?
"Everything will go fast, including the food that we eat."

Given name: Geronimo "Jerry" Jiron
Place of birth: Taos Pueblo
Date of birth: October 1, 1926
Tribe: Tiwa-Taos Pueblo
Maternal clan: Water Clan
Paternal clan: Big Earring Clan
Year photograph was taken: 1992