Rapé – Palheira

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This rapé Palheira is so far only used by the Huni Kuin people, specifically from the region of Igarapé do Caucho in Acre. The palheira ash comes from the bark and trunk of a palm tree.  It is made from an unidentified species from the Arecaceae botanical family. In addition to the palm tree ash a special arapiraca tobacco is used.

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Rapé Palheira (Huni Kuin – kaxinawa)

This rapé Palheira is so far only used by the Huni Kuin people, specifically from the region of Igarapé do Caucho in Acre. The palheira ash comes from the bark and trunk of a palm tree.  It is made from an unidentified species from the Arecaceae botanical family. In addition to the palm tree ash a special arapiraca tobacco is used.

This medicine has a weaker effect on the blow moment, the energy and force comes progressively leading to a strong presence feeling in all the body. It calms the mind and leads to a deep meditative state of contemplation and serenity. Taken in higher doses this snuff  is not so gentle anymore

Kaxinawa Rapé usage

The Kaxinawa tribe uses their Rapé for different purposes. For example, 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.

About the Tribe

The Kaxinawá people (Huni Kuin) are an indigenous tribe who live in Brazil and Peru. The Kaxinawá are also known as the Cashinauá, Caxinauá, or Kashinawa people. 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 snuff to yourself.

blow pipes used for rapé snuff

Tepis receiving blessings from their creators

I sieve this rapé Palheira 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.