I took this photo during a maipa oil mashing session in Toemaipa, Suriname on March 2, 2009. Toemaipa is known for its plentiful maipa palm trees, the fruits of which the locals eat and then use the seeds to make cooking oil. The seeds in this photo are being mashed by three people simultaneously using hand-made mashers and a solid wood basin. The seeds will turn into a pulp, which will then be boiled to separate the oil from the solids. The oil is then skimmed off the top and saved for cooking. The process is laborious, yet an incredible social event for the Saramaccan people.