Rapé – Tsunu Katukina


Tsunu Rapé is a type of snuff that is made by various indigenous tribes from Brazil. This Tsunu comes from the Katukina tribe.

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Tsunu Rapé is a type of snuff that is made by various indigenous tribes from Brazil. This is rapé comes from the Katukina tribe. The ash inside this rapé is what gives it its name,  it comes from the bark of the Tsunu tree. This snuff has a light brown appearance and is quite powerful its energy. Are you’re not convinced?
Just order a gram and find out for yourself. I am happy to represent the Katukina tribe with their Tsunu.

The Tsunu tree.

It is not possible to determine the name Tsunu to an identified tree or species with great certainty yet. Tsunu is an Amazonian name for a type of three, within the same family/genus. The Indians know what tree to look for and for us westerners, we have to accept we can’t have all the knowledge they have. Tsunu is common in the region where the Indians live. Tsunu grows almost exclusively in the Amazon. In different tribes, Tsunu bark ash may come from different trees but in the end, it is all called Tsunu.

About the Tribe

The Katukina or Catuquina are an indigenous group who live in southwestern Brazil at the border of the Amazonas and Acre. They are the traditional carriers of rapé knowledge in the Amazonas region. They number approximately 450 individuals. Katukina people call themselves: People of heaven, people of the sun and people of the otter.

Five linguistically distinct but geographically proximate indigenous groups, Katukina or Catuquina, Katokina, Katukena, Katukino, is what we now call the Katukina. The Katukina are a tribe that is very connected to the usage of sacred plants. They consider themselves as the first tribe to receive the Kambo medicine straight from the frog. They still carry a vast knowledge about plants and the spirit of the world. Their Rapé is strong and deep, and it carries the wild and powerful spirit of the jungle.

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

Tepis receiving blessings from their creators

I sieve this Rapé Tsunu Katukina 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.