Neat stacks of brilliantly colored corn were piled
high in the corner of every household. Each family
tried to keep at least a year's supply, in case of
famine. Although men were responsible for planting
and harvesting, the seeds belonged to the women,
who kept seeds for every crop the family grew.
Corn was ground on a series of progressively
smoother stones, called Metales, with an oblong
grinding stone, called a Mano, until it was almost
Women and girls of the family would talk and sing
as they worked, sometimes flirting with young men
who would come to court through the open
Cornmeal was then heaped onto a flat basket once
it reached its desired fineness. Batter was then dripped by hand onto a Duma, a heated piece of greased sandstone, and fried into flat cakes called Pika.