Yawanawa – Rapé

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This Yawanawa Rapé is quite grey. The Yawanawa’s prefer their snuff with much ash. This is the classic Yawanawa tribal rapé. Just Tsunu ash combined with tobacco. It is one of the most popular snuffs in my shop.

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This Yawanawa Rapé is quite grey. The Yawanawa’s prefer their snuff with much ash. This is the classic Yawanawa tribal rapé. Just Tsunu ash combined with tobacco. It is one of the most popular snuffs in my shop.

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The Yawanawa tribe.

The Yawanawá (yawa/white-lipped peccary; nawa/people) are a group belonging to the Pano linguistic family who today occupy the Gregório River Indigenous Land.

The Yawanawá community is in reality a conjunction of people that includes members from other groups: Shawãdawa (Arara), Iskunawa (nowadays known as Shanênawa, who live in a village close to the town of Feijó), Rununawa, Sainawa (generally known as Yaminawá, who live in the Bagé river region), and Katukina.

This configuration is the end result of a sociological dynamic common to many Pano groups – alliances. Through marriage, the capture of women during warfare conflicts, the migration of families – and a series of historical contingencies.

Would you like to know more about the Amazon indigenous tribes or other tribes cultures around the world? Have a look at this interesting website.

 

Yawanawa Rapé.

The Yawanawa call their Rapé “Rume”. It contains mostly the ash of the bark of the Tsunu tree. They add the ash of the bark of the Txunú tree and strong tobacco that resembles mapacho (Nicotiana rustica). This makes a special and very unique Rapé blend.

The Amazonian tribes use the Tsunu tree bark often for healing and curing purposes. Rapé has a supportive role during ayahuasca ceremonies and often used before ayahuasca. It enhances the effects and the opening of the spirit for the ceremony.  But also during intense ceremonial experiences, it eases vomiting and cleaning.

“We mostly use rumê in our sacred ceremonies with UNI (our sacred drink, more commonly known as ayahuasca).
But, rumê is also taken in the afternoon, before washing. The water cleans our body and spirit; it’s our favorite part of the day”.

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.

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Tepis receiving blessings from their creators

I sieve this Yawanawa 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