Hapé - Nukini Gelzinho Description
Since we get our Hape directly from the tribes, it's fresh. The strength and potency of each batch will vary slightly depending on the harvest season, the specific medicinal herb combinations, and the tribal region. Each collection of Hape is limited and unique. If you like a particular Hape, consider purchasing more than one, as we can only ensure the deliverability of specific varieties.
Contains - Tobacco
Gifts - Hapé Nukini Gelzinho is a sacred medicinal blend used by the Nukini tribe for various spiritual and medicinal purposes. This particular Hapé is known for its gentle and cooling effect, making it ideal for those new to the practice or who prefer a milder experience. Nukini Gelzinho is believed to help with mental clarity, ease tension and anxiety, and promote calm and relaxation. It is also used for respiratory relief, as it is thought to help clear the sinuses and promote easier breathing. Nukini Gelzinho is made from all-natural ingredients, including tobacco, ashes, and various herbs and plants found in the Amazon rainforest, and is crafted with care and intention by the Nukini tribe.
Directions - To self-administer Hape, use a V-shaped self-applicator pipe known as a "Kuripe," which joins your mouth to your nostril. If you have another person, you can use a large blowpipe, called a "Tepi," to blow the Hape into another person's nostrils.
If you are new to using Hape, put a pencil eraser size of Hape into the palm of your hand. Split it in half, and blow it in each nostril. Typically, you will work up to a pencil eraser size in each nostril as your body adjusts to using the Hape. Afterward, allow yourself to sit for 10-20 minutes to quiet your mind and receive your intention.
Tribe Info - The Nukini people, located along the left bank of the Môa River and its tributaries, are known for making Hapé, a sacred medicine used in various rituals, including healing ceremonies and spiritual practices. They believe that Hape helps to cleanse the mind, body, and spirit and to connect them with the spiritual world. Additionally, Hape is believed to have medicinal properties that can treat various physical and psychological ailments.
Apart from their Hapé production, the Nukini participate in the mariri dance and sing indigenous songs. Their customs involve family-based production activities, with hunting, fishing, and agriculture being their primary food sources. They also raise domestic animals and gather forest products for medicinal use. The Nukini produce cassava flour and game meat, which form the foundation of their diet, and sell surplus crops in markets. They also make handicrafts, such as baskets and pottery.
What is Hapé?
Hapé is the preparation of powdered medicinal herbs administered through the nose as a snuff. Hapé quickly and intensely produces effects that make the user feel alert and elevated. Typically, mapacho (Aztec tobacco, which contains nine times the nicotine of common tobacco) is used as a base for Hapé, and other plant medicines are added for various effects.
This ancient practice of consuming powdered plant medicines through the nose dated back to the pre-Columbian days and was first observed among the indigenous tribes of Brazil. To these tribes, hapé is a sacred shamanic snuff medicine with extensive healing and other powers. Other uses include inducing visions, increasing energy, and heightening the senses with the aromatic fragrance of the plants used in the blend.
Several tribes traditionally use Hape, and they each produce their own specific Hapé blends. These tribes include but are not limited to the Katukina, Yawanawa, Kaxinawa, Nukini, Kuntanawa, Apurinã, Ashaninka, and Matses.
In 1577 doctor and botanist Francisco Hernández de Boncalo introduced herbal snuff in Europe, and the elites of that time often took snuff as a headache treatment. During the 18th century, inhaling snuff became fashionable among the European aristocracy.
Today, indigenous tribes in the Amazon basin continue to use hapé in all aspects of life, from formal rituals to social gatherings to simply tuning into Nature and welcoming the healing power of sacred plant medicines.
The ritual use of hapé was introduced to the West by traveling shamans through ayahuasca ceremonies and visitors who have spent time in the jungle with indigenous communities. Ritual hapé use is making its way around the world.