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Mano and Metate
Mano is the Spanish word for hand, and refers to the cylindrical stone held in the hand. Metate is the Nahualt work for mortar, and refers to the grinding slab. Hominey -which is corn boiled with lye- was washed thoroughly to remove the lye and then ground into a paste using the mano and metate. The corn paste was then used to make tortillas and tamales. This metate is from an Adaeseño family in the Spanish Lake Community, about six miles north of Los Adaes. The mano is similar to mano fragments found at Los Adaes. Both mano and metate are made of basalt.
Photo credit: Don Sepulvado
Source: Williamson Museum, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana