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hoonat (spoon for caraguatá roots)
  • Ayoreo or Iyo'wujwa Chorote speaking peoples
  • hoonat (spoon for caraguatá roots), mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • wood, carving
  • Object Length/Width: 23.5 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Width: 9 1/4 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5293

The spatulate spoon has a straight handle and a long, flat "bowl" without a concavity. It is dark brown.

It was used to scoop out the hot centers of roasted caraguatá roots. Caraguata was a major source of food and was used to supplement the diet when the men didn't get much while they were hunting.