Puyanawa Rapé – Jagube


Puyanawa Rapé – Jagube

Made with ashes from the Banisteriopsis caapi vine.

Jagube is another of the nearly endless list of names used for the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, the main ingredient of the legendary Ayahuasca brew. This name is used by some groups including the Santo Daime communities mainly in the Acre region of Brazil. The Puyanawa make this medicine with the ashes of the vine – a tradition started by their Cacique, or chief. They brew mainly the bark of the vine and have started to use the wood for making ashes. As the vine gives strength and stamina to the brew, so the ash also will pass these qualities to their snuff.

The medicine is scented with pixuri leaf, their favorite medicine to add to rapé for its cleansing and elevating properties. Pixuri seeds are also used for cooking appreciated for its pleasant flavor. The leaves are used in herbal baths for energetic cleansing.

More About Rapé

Rapé is a shamanic snuff, usually made with tobacco, found throughout the Amazon. It is used in traditional Amazonian medicine and shamanism as a medicinal herb, and as a tool for shamanic journeying.

Although rapé usually contains tobacco, it can contain a number of different herbs and plants to alter the experience. In addition, the strength of the tobacco used can change depending on the blend!

Rapé is usually administered by a shaman, through a pipe called a tepi. Small quantities of rapé are blown up the nostrils, one after the other. The effect can be powerful and immediate!

You can also take rapé yourself, using a special pipe called a kuripe. You will lose out on the experience and knowledge of the shaman, who can impart energetic healing and guidance too.

Depending on the cultural group, rapé is used in different ways. It is often used recreationally as a stimulant, but is also used to enhance the power of other plant medicines, or on its own for its transformative power. It has a number of purported medicinal properties – its capacity to provoke purging means it has a reputation as a cleanser of toxins from the body, and a booster of natural immunity.

Use with respect and care; it is a tobacco product and can be habit forming!

The Puyanawa

Like many peoples of Acre, the Puyanawa suffered heavily from the boom in rubber extraction in the region at the start of the 20th century. Since the first contacts with non-Indians, many have died in direct confrontations or from diseases contracted during the colonization process. The survivors were forced to work in the rubber extraction areas – the seringais – and quickly found their way of life decimated due to the methods used by the ‘rubber barons’ to keep the Indians working under their yoke. The Puyanawa were expelled from the lands, missionized and education in schools that banned any expression of any trace of their culture.

It was only with the beginning of the process of demarcating their territory that Puyanawa culture was once again valued by the Indians themselves, who have worked hard to recuperate their native language, a difficult task given the small number of speakers left.

History, colonization, and freedom

After the arrival of rubber tappers at the beginning of the 20th century, the Puyanawa were harassed, dislocated, and hunted for many years, until they were eventually enslaved and the men forced to work in rubber settlements. The women and children were left behind to tend to swiddens and feed their enslaved men.

Once the rubber extraction industry declined, the Puyanawa were freed from immediate enslavement, but were still required to pay taxes for use of roads in the area, and had no rights to any part of their ancient territories.

Since the 1980s, the Puyanawa have been fighting an ongoing legal battle for the reclamation of their indigenous rights.

Source: https://pib.socioambiental.org/en/Povo:Puyanawa

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