Mano & Metate

The metate is the lower, fixed half of this grinding tool, used to create a hard surface for crushing food. The name Mano y Metate comes from Mexico. However, this tool was used all over America and the Caribbean region. Metates are believed to be Mesoamerican in origin. However, the origin of the find on Curacao is unknown. A classic metate is a flat slab of stone, sometimes with carved legs. The top of the slab has a shallow depression which is created through years of wear. To use the metate, someone scatters corn or maize into this depression and then rolls a mano, a rounded grinding stone, back and forth across the metate. This back and forth rolling motion pulverizes the food in a