Saturday, October 2, 2010

Gari or Atéké (16)

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Woman drying gari over fire, Edumfe, Ghana, 2003

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Atéké for sale in Port Bouet, Cote d'Ivoire, 2007.

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Shredder used to make gari, which is fermented, dried cassava. He is making a replacement shredding part by snipping off the heads of finishing nails, then pounding them into a cylinder of tropical hardwood. Adiyaw, Ghana, 2007

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Looking at the gari grinder from the top. Adiyaw, Ghana, 2007.

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Staring down the maw of this terrifyingly noisy machine. Adiyaw, Ghana. 2007.

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Gari press in Mmaniaye, Ghana, 2007. Follows the principle of the lever.

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Gari press in Mmaniaye, Ghana, 2007. Follows the principle of the lever.

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Gari pressing and drying, Mmaniaye, Ghana, 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson.

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This enterprising young man takes his shredder from village to village. Djahakro, Côte d'Ivoire, 2009

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Handheld atéké shredder. Djahakro, Côte d'Ivoir, 2009.

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On the road to Bouake, we came across this open-air gari/ateke factory. This is a picture of the gari being pressed. The shredded cassava is mixed with fermented cassava, packed into bags, then pressed and finally dried.
Bouake, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.

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Gari grinder located in a shed. They usually mix fermented and fresh cassava in the grinder. The fermented cassava adds a strong limburger-like aroma and also an agreeable sourness.
Bouake, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.

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Ground cassava waiting to be packed into bags for pressing and fermentation.
Bouake, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.

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Large pots used to steam ateke before packing it into plastic bags. Ateke is often served with grilled meat.
Bouake, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.

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Bags of steamed ateke waiting to be sold.
Bouake, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.

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Cassava being delivered from the farm.
Bouake, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.

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