How the Makushi articulate vital and technical processes in the making of manioc beer

L. M. Rival


Building on my hypothesis that manioc is domesticated in the kitchen rather than in the field, I discuss Makushi beer brewing (southern Guyana) to show how nonhumans come to form an intrinsic part of the technical process. In particular, I detail the use of a domesticated fungus (Rhizopus sp.), and the identification of women brewers with bees.