Rapé – Nukini


A new fresh batch of Nukini Rapé. This is Rapé Pau Pereira made in the energy of the Nukini tribe. Pau Pareira has a long history in Brazil. In Rapé a part of this history is that Pau Pereira is often and mistakenly called Tsunu.

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This Nukini Rapé is Pau Pereira. It is one of the older and wider spread varieties of Rapé. Various tribes, caboclos, and others work with and make this variety.  Pau Pereira is made with tobacco and the ash of the Platycyamus regnellii tree. This is a straightforward Rapé, just tobacco, and Pau Pereira bark ash. It’s quite powerful. This Pau Pereira comes from the Nukini tribe.

About Pau Pereira/Platycyamus regnellii

Platycyamus regnellii is a deciduous tree with a dense, globose crown; it can grow 10 – 20 meters tall. The bole can be 40 – 60cm in diameter. The Brazilian forest has many medicinal plants. One of the ten most important ones is Tsunu (Platycyamus regnellii). Its a folk medicine and used to treat malaria, impotence, indigestion, dizziness, constipation, and fevers.
The first scientific records of the use of the Pau-Pereira in medical treatment appeared in theses of the medical school of Rio de Janeiro and in medical journal Fluminense (1861-1923). Among other citations, appears on the first prescription for herbal baths obtained from cooked Tsunu shells. The Brazilian physician Joaquim José da Silva (1791-1857) prescribed this remedy to his sister’s slave, who suffered from fever.

A Platycyamus regnellii tree in the forest. the bark is used for Tsunu Rapé

Platycyamus regnellii AKA Tsunu

The Nukini tribe.

The Nukini belong to the Pano linguistic family and are about only 750 members. The tribe suffered severely during the era of latex production and afterward.  The Nukini lost A huge part of their culture, including their language. almost the entire ethnic group disappeared (Aguiar 2012). Due to this decline in members, many Nukini people had to mingle with members of other ethnicities in order to survive.

Exploitation and violence that started with the rubber industry, has turned into drug traffickers, loggers, and hunters that still pose a threat to this tribe. Despite all these challenges that the Nukini people had to face, at the present time, the Nukini have a stable socio-economic situation and pursue economic activities like fishing and hunting, while there are also many nutritious plants, like mango, soursop, coconut, cashew, jackfruit.
And also pineapple, lemon, Barbados cherry, guava, avocado, pupunha, cupuaçu and papaya that nourish the tribe.

Yet the Nukini managed to survive by mingling with other groups and tribes. They build a strong socio-economic structure that enables them to be in close connection with nature that surrounds and feeds them. I regard to Nukini Rapé there are some women of the tribe who make Rapé but its very clear that the man make theirs as well.

People from the Nukini tribe

People from the Nukini tribe

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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 Nukini Rapé and all other Rapé coming from my shop through a 120-micron high-grade stainless steel mesh. I also store the Rapé stock dry and in vacuum containers to prolong freshness and quality.

This results in.

  • an extremely fine powder.
  • a guaranteed consistent fineness
  • optimal absorption of the snuff