Born into Cochiti Pueblo in May, 1930, Ada Cordero Suina loved making nativities and storyteller figures, preferably with lots of children attached. An older cousin, Helen Cordero, is credited with creating the first ceramic storyteller. But Ada learned the details of the Cochiti way to make pottery from another cousin: Virginia Naranjo.
Ada was considered the preeminent storyteller and nativity artist at Cochiti for many years. Ada's younger sister is Stephanie Rhoades, the inventive ceramic figure-maker also known as Snowflake Flower.