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Reycita Jiron, Taos Pueblo

Reycita Jiron

Do you have a specific memory that stands out in your mind when you were young?
A picture taken when I was very young, with just a bunch of old cloths and a cloth shawl with no shoes or pants. Very long ago. No pants or shorts were worn during my days. Long dresses made out of flour sacks or burlap were worn. Just a manta was worn sometimes.

How is your life different from your parents or grandparents?
Very much. Today is a modern day with all the extra conveniences that the old people never had. Then, there was no electricity, running water, television, microwaves or even a gas stove. It was only at the fireplace that there was a means of cooking.

What traditions from the past do you still continue to practice?
Our traditional ways are still carried out the way they used to be. Our men or the males still carry out their traditional ways, in the kiva or at home. The traditional food is still prepared the same way it was then. Also, they still use pottery to cook with on the fireplaces.

What was your impression on having your photograph taken?
It was a good idea. We, Teresino and myself, always liked to have our photos taken. Especially Teresino he seemed to have people like him in their photos and magazines. We both really enjoyed having people around us.

What do you see for the future?
Hoping that our "traditional" way of life is still being carried out. I like the older ways of preparing the food as well as the dances. Also, here is hoping our children's children will carry out the same traditional way of life as the way we lived them.

Given name: Reycita B. Jiron
Date of birth: December 28, 1908
Place of birth: Taos Pueblo
Tribe: Tiwa - Taos Pueblo
Maternal clan: Water People
Paternal clan: Big Earring Clan
Year photograph was taken: 1992