Hapé Makers Spotlight ~ Shaneihu - Katukina

Hapé Makers Spotlight ~ Shaneihu

Shaneihu Yawanawa is a remarkable man known for his roles as a spiritual leader, musician, hunter, father, and chief of the Yawarani village. He has skillfully bridged the gap between the Yawanawa people and the wider world, introducing the guitar to their traditional vocal music. Today, musical instruments enrich the spiritual practices of the Yawanawa, thanks to his influence.

Living in Yawarani village in Acre, Brazil, Shaneihu continues the legacy of his stepfather and grandfather, who were among the last traditional medicine men. He underwent the "Muka" diet, a one-year initiation guided by the elder Yawa, who lived to 105. During this time, Shaneihu created a special batch of Rapé (Rumã), known as the Yawanawa Shaneihu Dieta, infused with prayers and spiritual knowledge. His diet ended already some time ago so his new batch of Yawanawa Shaneihu is not made during the diet but it is still is made with the correct prayers, intention and knowledge of someone initiated the proper way.

Shaneihu is also celebrated for his music, particularly his album "Kanaro," which features songs in the Yawanawa Pano language. His music is more than entertainment; it preserves and shares the rich culture of the Yawanawa people.

In every aspect of his life, Shaneihu Yawanawa honors his heritage while fostering a connection with the broader world. His work as a leader, musician, and spiritual guide continues to inspire and unite people, highlighting the beauty and wisdom of the Yawanawa culture.

We at Katukina.US are honored to share Shaneihu’s Rapé with you and his story on our website. 

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