Glossary of Traditional Caribbean Craft Materials - M

Caribbean artisans have used similar natural resources in fashioning traditional crafts and preparing local foods. Yet these materials are often known by different names throughout the region.

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Term
Mashramani
Synonym
Country
Guyana
Definition

A week of annual national festivities and celebrations surrounding Republic Day, February 23. The word was borrowed from the Arawakan term masaramani ‘voluntary work done cooperatively’.

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Term
Matapee
Guyana
Synonym
Country
Cassava squeezer
Caribbean region
Cutacoo
Jamaica
Koulèv
Dominica
Sebucan
Trinidad
Wowla
Belize
Definition

An elongated, basket-work cylinder used for squeezing the juice from grated cassava thereby expelling the poison

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Term
Monkey Pot
Synonym
Country
Monkey
Definition
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