A thick, aromatic flavouring syrup made from the juice of the bitter cassava. It is used as a basis for various sauces and as a culinary flavoring and preservative agent in Recipe #192669. It is exported chiefly from Guyana. The main Amerindian tribes of the Caribbean were the Carib (from whom the region takes it's name) and the Arawaks. My grandmother was part Carib. The Caribs were themselves displaced by the Europeans, and were eventually all but exterminated during the colonial period. However small numbers remain today in Guyana, Honduras, Belize and in the islands of Dominica, Saint Vincent, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad. http://www.guyanaundersiege.com/Amerindian/Amerindian%20Corner.htm shows a picture of a matapee, which is a traditional woven basket used to squeeze the juice from the cassava.