Nawa Goiaba Rapé | Wild Goiaba (Myrcia tomentosa) & Wild Canelero (Aniba canelilla) | #74
We are very grateful that we are allowed to offer you this powerful Nawa Goiaba Rapé from this beautiful tiny tribe that hid away in the jungle for almost 100 years!
Our Nawa Goiaba Rapé with Wild Cinnamon is a strong rapé for your collection. Nawa Goiaba Rapé contains Goiaba (Myrcia tomentosa) which is a powerful antibacterial tree and wild cinnamon (Aniba canelilla) which has anti-inflammatory and mood enhancer properties.
The Nawa tribe
Nawa means people, and they are a tribe with a strong focus on the importance of coexisting with nature, rapé is their very important cultural symbol.
The Nawa were once a very big tribe in the region of Acre in Brazil, with thousands of members, and Brazilian authorities believed they disappeared in the 1920s. However, they re-emerged recently from their hiding places, to protest against the creation of a national park on their lands and are now recognized once again as a tribe. Only 250 members remain of what was once the most populous community in the region.
See our read more section for more information on the Nawa tribe.
What is Rapé?
Rapé, pronounced ‘ha-pey’ in Portuguese, is a traditional snuff used by various indigenous tribes of South America. Predominantly tribal people from Brazil and Peru. Rapé blends contain a ground mixture of plants, tree bark, seeds, and ash. The fine powder is blown into each nostril through a bone or bamboo pipe called a ‘Tepi’ or ‘Kuripe’. The Tepi applicator is a long blow pipe that connects the nostril of the receiver to the mouth of the person that administers the snuff. The Kuripe is for self-application. The V-shaped applicator connects the nostril to the mouth allowing the snuff to be self-blown into the nose.
Each tribe has its own rapé formula and usually, it is women who gather the ingredients. The selection, mixture, and grinding process are regarded as a ritual only to be performed by a reputable healer. The snuff is typically made in small batches according to the specific needs of the person being treated or the ceremony’s occasion.
The use of Rapé aims to restore our connection to nature and a sense of grounding. It clears mental fog and confusion eliminating negative thought patterns. These powerful snuffs bring about physical and spiritual wellness.
Step by step guide to using Rapé.
What is Rapé – Waking Herbs blog
Brazil’s lost tribe returns. – BBC
Lost tribe emerges from rainforest after 100 years. – The Independent