Preparation of sacred manioc
drying kassave bread
manioc tubers being replanted in sacred adaha garden
tubers for rinsing and grinding
Manioc tubers (In ye'kuana - guiede) are our staple food, from which we make manioc flour, cassava bread and Iarake alcohol. The plants are cultivated in 2 ha slash and burn gardens along rivers and streams. We process manioc by grating, rinsing, and pressing in order to extract and remove the deadly prussic acid contained in the tubers. We supplement our manioc crop with pineapples, sugarcane, chili peppers, squash and potatoes. Tapir, peccary, deer, caiman, curassow and tinamou are some of our more valued sources of protein.