Pueblo Indian Woman Grinding Grain

Pueblo Indian Woman Grinding Grain Native Americana


Stock #: 59216
Type: Postcard
Era: White Border
Postmark: 1924
PM City: Albuquerque
PM State: NM
Stamp: 1C
Size: 3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)

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A large percentage of the food of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico consists of preparations of grain raised by these Indians, mostly corn and wheat. The grain is ground into meal by the women on hollowed out stones. These grinding stones are one of the links proving the descent of the Pueblo Indians from the prehistoric Cliff Dwellers, for they are found in the cliff ruins as well as modern Pueblo Homes. There are three grinding stones to a set. first the women places the grain on the coarsest stone, and with another stone. roughly cylindrical grinds away at the grain, until it is all ground up. The coarse meal is gathered into a basket with the aid of a rough brush, and placed on the center of medium stone, and reground. finally it is ground on the finest stone, and is then almost as fine as our flour. It is then gathered and placed in beautifully decorated pottery storage jars, of Indian make.
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