Rapé ceremony with Hushahu Yawanawa and Bastiaan Kamãvena
Hushahu Yawanawa Tribe
"In these Rapé ceremonies we'll consecrate the sacred tobacco snuff from the Amazones, called Rapé and we'll be guided on a spiritual journey through traditional songs. We'll be given guidance on how to use this medicine in a wholesome and sacred way according to the Yawanawa tradition, allowing us to deepen our understanding of it's function, receiving its force and aligning us with the study of healing evolved by the old shamans. These ceremonies are a space in which we can listen deeply to the voice of nature, find connection with our essence, transform old trauma into lessons and compassion, empower our prayers and be together as a tribe.
Hushahu Yawanawa started her study of the universe of ancestral healing plants and animals over fifteen years ago. In her tribe she has been one of the first women to be initiated in the spiritual path of the Yawanawa. She has done several years of plant diets and with the blessings of her father, the leader Raimundo Tuinkuru en the teachings of the shaman Tata. Tata used to call her the 'mother of rapé', as Hushahu has a very strong relationship with this medicine and knows to hold and transmit its force very well. She is has helped a lot of women in the tribe to find back their force and freedom and recaptured a lot of the Yawanawa culture by receiving patterns of body painting and handcrafts and songs. She has a gift for music and knows to touch many hearths with her strong voice. She is today a well respected medicine woman.
Bastiaan Kamãvena is a medicine musician, who has been walking within different medicine traditions but the Yawanawa conquered his heart. In short time he went really deep into this culture mastering many songs and receiving new melodies to traditional songs. This year he has deepened his studies again with a three month visit to the village where he did a diet as well. "