Fiestas de Taos Honorée

An adventurous spirit, a master potter

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Born Geronima Suazo, Sept. 21, 1917, Geri will be celebrating her 101st birthday this year. She was born to Elizeo and Tonita Suazo at Taos Pueblo. As a young woman, Geri loved to ride her horse bareback through the Taos Pueblo mountains. She has always had an adventurous spirit.

Geri married George Track and they had five children: Bernadette, Soge, Darlene, Maxine and Abran. She has six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Geri is a world-renown pottery-maker. She is famous for creating little pueblo villages out of traditional mica clay from Taos Pueblo. She has collectors throughout the United States and a number of European countries. Geri also taught many people how to make pottery.

Geri is such a joy to be around. She loves to talk with people and has many stories to tell. One story is about surviving a landslide while driving through the canyon to Española where they were nearly pushed into the river. She likes to tell another story about a “talking” crow they raised named Jimbo; she laughs about it often. Geri also giggles when telling you about when she and her husband got married in Reno, Nevada, which was quite an accomplishment back in the day.

Happy 101st Birthday, Geri. You are loved.

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