I looked up how to make tamales today on the internet. It doesn't look that difficult. Many steps involved, but none of them look painful. You have to cook all your meat first, then make the masa with the broth from the meat, soak the husks & put it all together. Easy peasy, but definitely a weekend project.
We always had fantastic homemade tamales at school when I was growing up. Our cooks were Hispanic and didn't speak much English, but they could cook. Interesting. I'll bet most of the kids in Kansas don't even know what a tamale is, and we had them a couple of times a month for school lunch. Texas vs. Kansas. Private vs. public.