Anthropological Collection

Guayo or grater in the form of a shield that ends in two legs. Incised decoration that borders and delimits the functional part of the piece. Side flange.
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Used to grate the cassava that was then used, prior to a purification process, to prepare the converted cassava, together with corn, in one of the means par excellence of the Taino diet that has been preserved even in today's diet, using the same preparation techniques.

These domestic objects are made of different materials, the most common was the porous rock, but also made of wood with pieces of pebbles embedded in its surface and that facilitated grated.

Equally and less frequently, a fine grated cassava was produced in order to produce a special modality of cassava known as xabaxao according to Father Las Casas, using the spiny and scaly skin of some fish as the libuza.

Today this traditional Taíno guayo has been substituted, which could also be made of corals, by zinc bars, more practical and functional. The small cottage industry has made it indispensable among the poor households of our country, fulfilling in many cases the same function of yesteryear, gratifying food for modern and popular cuisine such as cassava for the use of this in different dishes of the national cuisine .-

-Veloz Maggiolo, Marcio. Prehistoric archeology of Santo Domingo. Mcgraw-Hill Far Eastern Publishers (S) Ltd-Singapore 1972.-
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