Traditional Tsunu | Nawa | #102
This traditional Tsunu rapé is of strong intensity. It has a balanced aroma that shares elements of ash and tobacco. The blend is made of the highest quality organic tobacco and Tsunu ash. This traditional Tsunu rapé helps to put an end to fatigue and offers clarity in decision-making. It gives the user energy and courage. It offers protection through increased body immunity.
TSUNU (Platycyamus regnellii)
Tsunu ash comes from burning the wood of the P. regnellii tree. It is a common ingredient preferred by many Amazonian tribes for making their rapés. Among some Brazilian tribes, Tsunu goes by the name “Rume”.
The Nawa People
Nawa means people. They are a tribe with a strong focus on the importance of coexisting with nature; rapé is their very sacred cultural symbol.
The Nawa native people were once a very big tribe with thousands of individuals in the region of Acre in the Brazilian Amazon. Authorities in Brazil believed they vanished 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 group in the area.
We feel very grateful to be able to offer you this wonderful Nawa Tsunu Rapé from this courageous very small 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.