Rapé – Mankou


From the forest of Acre come two form of Kaxinawa rapé made by Mankou. Very finely sieved and very fresh rapé with various undertones of forest herbs.

Rope tobacco with murici and tsunu ashes. Various medicinal herbs are known only by Mankou


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Mankou Rapé

Rapé Mankou comes in two types; focus and cura (healing). Manko is a Kaxinawa (Huni Kuin) Indian. His snuff is made with rope tobacco, Murici and Tsunu ashes. The focus rapé is helpful to meditate with and the cura rapé from Mankou has several medicinal herbs added to them. Mankou keeps his recipe to himself.

Many times the Brazilian Indians just call their snuff rapé. They are not so much occupied to give it a special name. Mankou is uncomplicated. To him rapé is a medicine that helps and cures. Mankou lives close with his tribe but some times also travels overseas to do various ceremonies. After intensive studies and experience Mankou gives us two types of rapé with his typical signature.


Kaxinawa Indian Mankou in a close up wairing his tribal feathers

Kaxinawa Indian, Mankou

Kaxinawa Rapé

The Kaxinawa tribe uses their Rapé for different purposes. For example, for the relief of physical pain and headaches and cleaning of sinuses. In Addition, the Kaxinawa’s apply Rapé for mental healing, mostly in combination with chanting. Rapé connects the tribe with spirits of the jungle and (depending on the specific ingredients) it can cure, heighten concentration, improve hunting or be a connector to the spirit of nature. The Kaxinawa like to experiment and use a wide range of ingredients for their snuffs.

kripe blowpipe held in hand

About the Tribe

The Kaxinawá people (Huni Kuin) are indigenous people of Brazil and Peru. The Kaxinawá people are also known as the Cashinauá, Caxinauá. This name come from kashi or “bat” and nawa meaning “outsiders” or “foreigners”. Their autonym is Huni Kuin or “real men” or “true people”, from huni, “man”, and kuin meaning “real” or “true”. Their language belongs to the Pano linguistic family, which they call hatxa-Kuin (true language). The population is approximately 4,000 people. The Kaxinawa account for 42% of the indigenous population of Acre state in Western Brazil.

Do you want to learn a bit more about the tribe then have a read here.

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.

blow pipes used for rapé snuff

Tepis receiving blessings from their creators

I sieve this rapé Mankou focus & cura 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.