We have been setting up a collaboration with indigenous people of Huni Kui and Ashaninka on Ayahuasca ceremonies (for a spot see here). Our friend and the indigenous leader of the Huni Kui (Kaxinawa) community in Santa Rosa do Purus located on the Brazilian and Peruvian border is organizing an Ayahuasca (Nixi-Pae) festival in dates 19th and 24th August 2019. People from all around the world are welcome to come and support the festival and the center itself. Participation of traditional shamans/pajés/maestros from Brazil and Peru are expected. The traditional Huni Kui ceremonies are very relaxed, friendly and supportive, Huni Kui are very musical people and Naxima and his family are doing a really great job and are very supportive.
The confirmed program of the ceremonies during the festival is:
To get there:
Best is to fly to the city of Brasilia or Sao Paulo, then to buy another connection flight to Rio Branco. Usually it is cheaper to get the ticket separately at skyscanner.com than to buy directly to Rio Branco (but you can try as well). I found the price to get there in the desired dates around 1200 Euro from Prague). From Rio Branco you would need to get a small plane to Santa Rosa do Purus with a company Aerotaxi on the airport. A reservation of the ticket can be done by our friend Naxima if needed (if you decide to go, let us know we will put you in contact – firstname.lastname@example.org). If there is not enough space in these small planes, there is another option about 8 hours by car from Rio Branco, small airport with even smaller planes.
Centro Cultural Indígena Kaxinawa- Santa Rosa do Purus
Santa Rosa do Purus / AC is one of the lowest HDI municipalities in Brazil and has + – 72% of indigenous people in its population. Near the Purus River, there is a project to strengthen and rescue the indigenous culture of the Huni Kuin (Kaxinawa) people. Under the leadership of indigenous Gilberto Naximá, 49, young people see the possibility of maintaining their cultural identity.
The group led by Gilberto Naximá is made up of approximately 50 young people aged 14 – 20 and meets weekly to take part in traditional singing, sharing stories and spiritual teachings, using traditional medicines and dancing.
The importance of strengthening this social project is due to the difficulties that exist in a municipality far removed from any urban center and which has no social projects. Among the main problems we can mention the high rates of alcoholism among indigenous people, high levels of suicide among indigenous young people (from 2012 there was an exponential increase) and lack of social activities aimed at young people and the general population.
The work developed by Gilberto Naximá aims to strengthen the cultural traditions of his Kaxinawa people through music, paintings, drawings, teachings, knowledge of plants, crafts, history and the ritualistic use of their traditional medicines (ayahuasca and tobacco snuff). Gilberto Naximá is one of the oldest connoisseurs of tradition in the region and the main cultural reference among young people. Your project is funded by itself and does not receive any help from the municipality or state.
This Vakinha is intended to raise $$ funds for:
a) Reform and mulching of the Cupishawa Tent (house where the meetings and rituals are held);
b) Construction of two toilets at the meeting place;
c) Purchase of musical instruments (guitar and drum) for singing and youth development;
d) renovation of wooden benches;
e) Planting of traditional plants;
What do you think? Lets help?
LINKS about Santa Rosa do Purus / Acre: