Kuntanawa Rapé | Sacred Blend | #93

Kuntanawa Rapé | Sacred Blend | #93

  • New in our range – Oct 2019
  • Ceremonially made
  • Strong


Origin: Brazilian Amazon

Common Names: Rapa dos Indios, Indian Snuff, Hape, Rapay

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Kuntanawa Rapé | Sacred Blend | #93

A dear friend who we know for over 6 years lives in Brazil and visits remote tribes. He buys the Scred Blend rapé from the Kuntanawa people  to support their community.

About the tribe

The Kuntanawa were allegedly exterminated during the armed persecution of indigenous peoples, the so-called rushes, which accompanied the opening and setting up of rubber plantations throughout Acre in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The last known descendants of this group are members of an extended family, known until recently in upper Juruá as “the Cables of Milton”, in reference to the name of their patriarch (Milton Gomes da Conceição). The resumption of its indigenous origin, which now results in a deep sense of Indianness, has been supported by the indigenous ancestry and the group’s particular history: the recent struggle for the creation and maintenance of the Alto Juruá Extractive Reserve; contact relations with neighboring indigenous peoples; the resumption of rituals with the ancient ayahuasca drink; and the perception of ethnic and political discrimination.

Coconut people

Initially, the ethnonym was spelled Kontanawa, meaning “coconut people”. This is also how the press and government documents refer to them. In bibliographical references, the name Kontanawa, or Contanaua, is the most cited (Tastevin, 1925 and 1926; Macedo, 1988; Aquino and Iglesias, 1994).

More recently, the group began to pronounce and spell his name as Kuntanawa.

Find out more

We have used the webiste of Povos Indigenas Brasil as source of information (in Portugese).


What is Rapé?

Rapé, pronounced ‘ha-pey’ is a tradition used by various indigenous tribes of South America, predominantly from the tribes people of Brazil and Peru. Rapé is a snuff which is blown into each nostril through a pipe known as a ‘Tepi’.  Which is either made from a hollow bone or bamboo. Each tribe has their own formula of plants, trees, seeds, most commonly combined with a pure form from the Amazon and an ash called tsunu, or others like Murici, Yarumo, or Inga. The rapé is prepared in a ritualistic way by specific members of the tribe.

Spirit of Nature

In some tribes, it is the women who gather the ingredients and make the Rapé, and others are made by the healer of the tribe. Typically they are made in small batches with specific intentions for the ceremony or person being treated. These are very powerful, profoundly healing and cleansing on many levels. The use of Rapé aims to connect one to the spirits of nature while invoking that power to bring about physical and spiritual healing.

Kuripe or Tepi

Traditionally, it is administered through either the Tepi or Kuripe. The Kuripe is a for self-administration and the Tepi is used when blowing the snuff for another person. The V-shaped applicator or Kuripe, connects the nostril to the mouth. The Tepi is a long blow pipe that connects the nostril of the receiver with the mouth of the blower, who then blows the rapé into the nose of the receiver.

Opening the Chakras

In general, the tribes believe Rapé facilitates the opening and clearing of the chakras, facilitates a sense of grounding and connection to the earth.  Some think it supports the release of disease from the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies.  Furthermore some say that using rapé opens the third-eye chakra, decalcifies the pineal gland, clears mental fog and confusion. Finally it releases negative thought patterns and most of all it supports our connection to the breath and expands our connection to Spirit.

Find out more

Would you like to know more about the Amazon indigenous people? Check this interesting website.

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