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Photographs - - 1940s - - Seminole woman with mortar and pestle.
Photographs - - 1940s - - Seminole woman with mortar and pestle.
TitlePhotographs - - 1940s - - Seminole woman with mortar and pestle.
Date1940s
NotesThe homemade mortar was carved usually from a cypress tree trunk. By using hot coals and a fan to increase the heat, the trunk was slowly hollowed out through a process of burning and scraping. As the coals ate away the wood, Seminoles would scrape away the inside until a suitable opening for a mortar cup was produced. The pestle was made from a sapling and tapered down to a point so it would fit inside the mortar. The heaviest part of the pestle was at its top. This simple engineering design enabled the pestle's weight to come down with full force. As a result, the dry corn was broken into
SubjectSeminole Indians. Seminole cooking. Seminole Indians - - Food.
FormatPhotographs
SourceCourtesy of the Broward County Historical Commission
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