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Matses NuNu Dust of the Elders | Sensory Sharpener

Matses NuNu Dust of the Elders | Sensory Sharpener

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Very exclusive and hard to find! This distinctive and potent snuff is not called Hapé. It is called Nunu, and is composed by the Matsés tribe, which are also known as the Mayoruna (the Quechan word for ‘river people’) and live in the amazon at the border of Brazil and Peru, on both sides. There is a river called the Yaquerana river, which runs through their land and establishes the border between the two countries, but for the Mates borders do not exist. They say “We know no borders”. For them the division of land seems to be somewhat unnatural. Their tribe is known for their impeccable strength and courage for they have stood up against big industries like the oil and wood industry from Canada to stop them from depleting and destroying their precious earth

Matsés Nunu is a very famous and unique snuff directly coming from the deep Amazonian jungle. Originally, the Matsés applied Nunu in ceremonies and used its powerful effects to prepare men for a successful hunt, as it has the power to increase visions and sharpen the sensory abilities. This sacred, masculine hunter tool provides a pleasant but powerful experience with moments of calm and deep meditation followed by clarity and focus. Origin: Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon.

Through the sharpening of all senses, due to its powerful slicing effect the user of this snuff can experience subtle fragrances of the deep jungle and literally sense the forest and its spirits. Apart from hunting, Nunu can also be used to clear sinuses and blockages within the head, and often finds a ritualistic use during Ayahuasca ceremonies or during Kambo ceremony. Moreover, this snuff carries a divinely masculine spirit that will bring deep grounding, clear focus, and a strong aiming of your mind. Users of grey Hapé types may need to administer much larger doses of Nunu to have the required effect as the indigenous would use our equivalent to a tea spoon amount per administration. At these levels Nunu can be extremely powerful leaving the user in a highly mediative state. As with all non grey types powder can easily find its way into the back of the throat and some purging may occur.

This tribe compromises around 2,200 members and mainly survives through gathering and hunting. The fight against those big companies is not over yet and the Matses are ready to stand their ground once more as they say. The Matsés hold an intimate connection with the jungle and the nature that surrounds them, they know all the plants, and some say, they can even talk with animals. For them all animals and plants have a soul and can either harm or heal the humans. Through their natural way of living they are trying to preserve and broaden the knowledge of their forefathers. Plants such as Ayahuasca, or the use of Kambo and also Nunu are tools for them to keep the bond with the matrix of their ancestors, which from their perspective is the immediate environment. As the Matsés value Nunu for its hunting tool potential, they perceive this sacrament as a masculine tool and therefore, Nunu is only used by men who want to gain warrior power, energy, and courage. Only during special celebrations and ceremonies, female tribe members are included in the rituals. Their language is from the Panoan language family. People would usually recognize the Matses through their hash-mark tattoos that circle around their mouths, go down their cheeks and up to their ears. In addition to that they would wear bamboo splits in their nose (women) or upper lip (men) that would altogether give them the appearance of being jaguar. (Gorman, 2010) Their belief is that if they look like the jaguar, then they will also hunt like the jaguar. Not many tribes still keep this fashion alive today. The Matses differ between those tribes that have been contacted by the white man and those tribes, the so-called “uncontacted” tribes that still live deep in the jungle avoiding to be contacted.

As this batch of Nunu came in quite a coarsely ground form, we have reprocessed it into a fine and creamy 125 micron powder: Extremely fine dust.

Packed in 10 ml clear bottles containing 6 gr.

About The Tribe

The Matsés, an indigenous group traditionally residing in the Amazon Rainforests of Brazil and Peru, are situated south of the more well-known Native American Tribes. They face significant challenges from unauthorized hunting by mestizos (non-native Peruvians and Brazilians), as well as threats from logging and oil companies. Their community is nestled in the areas surrounding the Yavari, Chobayacu, and Gálvez rivers, straddling the Peru-Brazil border.

For centuries, the Matsés have fiercely protected their territory and culture from external influences. It wasn't until 1969 that they ended their isolation, welcoming two female Christian missionaries into their fold. Known in Brazil as Mayorunas or Mayurunas, the Matsés speak a northern Panoan language, sharing linguistic roots with the Matis and Korubo tribes.

Over the past three decades, the Matsés have transitioned from a semi-nomadic lifestyle to establishing more stable settlements, a shift from their previous practice of relocating every few years due to resource depletion. Despite this change, their reliance on the rainforest remains vital, sourcing nearly all their food and tools through hunting, fishing, and tropical agriculture.

The Matsés, often called "Matses Indians" or "Matses Amerindians," have a mysterious origin. Some theories suggest their initial contact with Jesuit Missionaries occurred near Peru's Huallaga River in the 18th Century. Following devastating epidemics, they are believed to have migrated to their current location along the Peru-Brazil border, deliberately avoiding further contact with outsiders. Traditionally, the Matsés had a stark approach towards outsiders, either assimilating or repelling them. The term 'Matsés', meaning 'people' in their language, is how they identify themselves.

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