Rapé – Envira Ferro

£2.25£66.70

Envira ferro is a south American name given to trees from the Oxandra genus. The Shawadawa people use the bark en trunk of this tree to make the ash that gives its name to this rapé. Blended with fine Arapiraca tobacco makes it a bright and not extreme but still powerful Shawadawa rapé. No additional herbs, just tobacco, and ash.

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Envira ferro is a south American name given to trees from the Oxandra genus. The Shawadawaa people use the bark en trunk of this tree to make the ash that gives its name to this rapé. Blended with fine Arapiraca tobacco makes it a bright and not extreme but still powerful shawadawa rapé. No additional herbs, just tobacco, and ash.

About the Tribe

Shawadawa (also known as Arara del Acre, shawandaua, Shawanaua, Shawanauá, Shaonahua or Shaodawa) is an indigenous group that inhabits the southwest of the Brazilian state of Acre. This tribe came in to contact with western “civilization” only at the beginning of the 20th century. The entire tribe currently consists of only 550 souls. Shawã means Macaws and Dawa means family, so they are the Macaw family.

Today, the main objective of the Shawãdawa people is to protect their lands, their forest, where all our natural medicines are present. They are also always looking to save and maintain their culture, the teachings of their ancestors.

Would you like to know more about this small Amazonian tribe ? Have a look at this interesting website.

Member of the shwadawa tribe holding spears, the makers of Rapé envira ferro

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.

2 people holding 2 tepis, great blowpipes for Rapé Rupusuti

Tepis receiving blessings from their creators

I sieve this Rapé envira ferro and all other Rapé 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.