Rapé – Canela de Velho


A new batch of Canela de Velho Rapé. This time it comes from the Shanenawa tribe.

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This is a new batch of  Canela de Velho Rapé made by the Shanenawa Indians from the region of Feijo. Canela de Velho is a snuff for the experienced person. The medical applications of Canela de Velho are many.

Miconia albicans, is a shrub species of the Melastomataceae family, which is native to North and South America. Canela de Velho has been a sacred remedy for a wide variety of chronic pains in the knees, spine, and joints for centuries. It is a wonderful sacred plant.

close up af a leaf of the Miconia-albicans brush. It is used in Canela de velho Rapé/snuff


The history of the Shanenawa

The Shanenawa are a tribe who live in Acre in Brazil in Feijo. They speak Portuguese but the older people and the children tend to speak in their own language Shanenawa. Shane means bluebird and Nawa means foreign people. They are an ethnic group that lived the same story of many others in Acre due to the rapid occupation of the Amazon due to the extraction and exploitation of rubber. Providing manpower and supplies to the rubber tappers in the region.

” We are the people Shanenawa which means ‘people of the bluebird’. It’s a beautiful bird that flourished and which is now endangered. It is for his rarity that we are also rare; That’s why there is only Shanenawa tribe in Acre and there isn’t another one in another place in Brazil.” 

In addition, according to the stories told by the Indians, the Shanenawa “fled” from their region of origin, the river Gregory, because of conflicts with the Yawanawa people, which caused them to migrate to the region of the river Envira and to assume the identity of the Katukina in order to “camouflage” themselves and not displease with the Yawanawa once again. But over the years, the Shanenawa have been reaffirming their original identity. Spread around the outskirts of the municipality of Feijó the Shanenawa have established nine communities. This is the only region where this ethnic group lives in Brazil. Being very close to the city, it suffers the impacts of the influence of non-Indians. Shanekaya was the last village to be created and already serves as an example for many others.


3 male Shanenawa Indians en 2 Shanenawa Children sitting outside, vreaters of Rapé Shanenawa

Shanenawa Indians

Tepi and Kuripe

Traditionally Rapé is administered through a pipe made out of bamboo or bone. The Tepi is a blowpipe that you can use to administer another person. When receiving Rapé the other blows it through both nostrils. In general, the shape of the Tepi is straight, curved or V-shaped. A different form is self-administration. For this, you use a Kuripe. The Kuripe has a V- shape and connects the mouth to the nostril. In this case, you blow the Rapé to yourself.

Tepis receiving blessings from their creators

I sieve this Canela de Velho Rapé and all other snuff coming from my shop through a 120-micron high-grade stainless steel mesh. This makes an extremely fine powder. It’s labor-intensive but guarantees a consistent fineness, cleanness and optimal absorption of the Snuff. I store the Rapé stock dry and in vacuum containers to prolong freshness and quality.