National Geographic : 1936 Nov
O National Geographic Society A HOUSEWIFE GRINDS CORN THE AGE-OLD WAY She pushes the stone roller over maize on the stone and moistens the meal to make paste for tortillas. Modern grinders are displacing this method. The Maya civilization was based on corn (Plate XXIV). Finlay Photographs by Luis Marden TORTILLAMAKING ISWOMAN'S WORK But the youngster seems interested ashis mother deftly shapes the dough on a piece of bananaleaf. She bakes the flat, round cakes onaniron pan over an open fire, thenputs them inthe hollow gourd, ready toserve.