Kuntanawa Tribe

The Kuntanawa tribe, or as they call themselves “Coconut People”, have always used plants to connect with the beings and spirits of the forest, through them they learned to heal their tribe with their own traditional medicines, and always They have defended their spirituality as their principle of existence.

The tribe lives along the Tejo River in a reserve in the Acre region of Brazil. Only about 400 members of the tribe remain (Pantoja 2008),

Like the Nukini tribe, the Kuntanawa were nearly exterminated during the massacres of the latex and slavery cycle in later years. Only one family remained that worked as rubber tappers, and it was not until the beginning of the 21st century that they managed to regain ethnic recognition. Therefore,  the tribe members only speak Portuguese as no one knows the indigenous panoramic language.

They are still fighting to recover a delineated territory, in the face of loggers and oil companies that are invading their reserve.

Kuntanawa tribe photography


To reconnect the tribe with their traditions, it was necessary to connect the Kuntanawa with their sacred plants, such as Ayahuasca. After a trip by two of the remaining family members in 1989 to Kaxinawa territory along the Jordan and Breu River, Ayahuasca rituals were quickly rediscovered and reintegrated into Kuntanawa culture. During this trip, the Kuntanawa came into contact with revered shamans, and also participated in Ayahuasca ceremonies. After the trip, they quickly resumed Ayahuasca cooking and rituals.

Ayahuasca even appears to be the driving force in Kuntanawa cultural reconnection, self-awareness, and ethnic identification. The Kuntanawa claim that Ayahuasca is their teacher and leader of unidentified dimensions, such as their culture. Ayahuasca teaches them to “listen” and opens their minds and their perception of lost traditions and history, including music and chants, magical and botanical knowledge, painting, and even their language. Additionally, during Ayahuasca ceremonies, the Kuntanawa can experience and build a new image of themselves that helps them connect with their roots.

In 2010, the Kuntanawa and the other 12 tribes speaking the Panoan language group organized a grand ceremony, the “Pano Cultural Festival”, to celebrate and strengthen their tribal heritage and culture. Even Greenland shamans were invited. This was the first ceremony since 1911 where all the Pajés (shamans) and spiritual leaders of the 12 related but distinct Panoan tribes came together. Each tribe could share their indigenous experience and knowledge to help the Kuntanawa gain more self-identification and support a Pano alliance built on brotherhood and sharing. Almost every night, Ayahuasca ceremonies and other healing ceremonies, including singing and snuff, were held. In addition, an intense exchange of ideas was promoted.


Varieties of Kuntanawa Rapé

Kuntanawa Rapé has profound and special properties. It has a strong spiritual connection that draws attention inward and calms the mind.

Sometimes they add plants with cosmological powers. The Kuntanawá say that Rapé helps them gain strength, clarity and power to have a correct attitude and make good decisions.Interestingly, your Rapé stimulates the chest and heart region more than the head.


Kuntanawa Caapi






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