We Walk in Beauty

Teresino Jiron, Taos Pueblo

Teresino Jiron

Do you have a specific memory that stands out in your mind when you were young?
"Having a grand time. All I did was plant corn, squash, beans, wheat, pumpkin and alfalfa. Getting wood with a wagon and a team of horses."

How is your life different from your parents or grandparents?
"I think my life was almost the same as my parents and grandparents. They were very poor and I was too growing up. The grandparents were more strict and more old fashioned. No English was spoken. I ate on the floor like they did."

What traditions from the past do you still continue to practice?
"I still practice my traditional beliefs. I am the most spiritual and am a special believer in my traditions. I always carried out my beliefs and ways of life. When my children were growing up, I made sure we all ate on the floor. No paper plates, we ate with our pottery dishes."

What was your impression on having your photograph taken?
"Enjoyable! I have always liked to have my picture taken at any time or at any place. I enjoyed posing."

What do you see for the future?
"Nothing but trouble. They will be using airplanes for all the fighting. Our children are using drugs and alcohol and getting in trouble."

Teresino Jiron

Given name: Teresino Jiron
Date of birth: December 8, 1900
Place of birth: Taos Pueblo
Tribe: Tiwa - Taos Pueblo
Paternal clan: Big Earring Clan
Year photograph was taken: 1992