b.1919 (I think I'm 1,000 years old!)
I used to tell Stella [Chavarria], look at the polishing, thats
what shows. Dont work for money work for a name.
[From a printed paper she prepared] I was born and raised in
Santa Clara Pueblo and have lived there all my life. My parents were
Victor and Christina Naranjo. I was born on May 1, 1919. On the fourth
day I was given my Indian name by a midwife, she named me Bay-Po-Vi,
which means Apple Blossom: then later on they baptized me in the Catholic
Church and gave me my name Teresita Naranjo.
I did not know my grandparents on my fathers side, they
were dead before I was born, but on my mothers side my grandparents
were Geronimo and Sara fina Tafoya. They have always done potteries
all their lives. Of course, my grandfather was a very good farmer:
he always raised his own crops and was always busy in the daytime,
but when his work was done he would always do pottery work in the
evenings to help my grandmother.
My grandfather used to tell us the story about the waterdragon,
which is called Avanyu in Tewa language which was spoken in his days.
However the way he told it was the waterdragon brought luck, health,
peace, joy and happiness as well as rain and good crops to the Indian
people and to all people on the earth. So he said whoever buys your
pottery with the waterdragon design, he too will always have all those
Some people may say pottery making is a hobby; it is more than
a hobby thank God. It means my life. I have a business right in my
home. I work to make a living. I have supported my children with pottery
and given them their education and their needs since my husband died
in 1950. Today my pottery means the handiwork of God.