Kaxinawa Festival in the Amazon



Huni Kuin Kaxinawa – Pinuya Village – Tarauacá – Acre, Brazil

7th to 13th August 2019

The Kaxinawa Pinuya village has been working for many years on strengthening and expanding the ancestral culture. We arrived at a time where indigenous lands started to open their doors so that visitors from all over the world could get to know and experience all the ancient wealth within the Amazon forest. This will be the third edition of Kaxinawa Pinuya village festival, keeping the ancestral cultures alive. The proposal of the festival is to bring visitors from many countries to discover the forest and receive the blessings of the sacred medicines in its most pure and original use; receiving the healing of the three bodies: material, mental and spiritual. Come truly transform your life and be enchanted by the beauty of our forest. Let us spread healing throughout the planet with the strength of YUBIBUS spirits.


1st Day:
6:30 am to 8:00 amBreakfast
Reception of guests and opening of the festival with body painting.
12:00 to 13: 30: Lunch
14:00 Continues – Body painting
21:00 Traditional ceremony with NixiPae (Ayahuasca) at the foot of Shunuã (samaúma)
04:00 Closing ceremony with application of Kambo (frog vaccineand bath with sacred medicinal herbs.
2nd Day:
6:30 am to 8:00 am: breakfast
After breakfastrest
12:00 to 13:30: Lunch
14:00: visit to the village’s sacred places (traditional Shubuã located on the highest hill of the village) with a round of Rapé snuffsananga and Huni Kuin people’s stories.
21:00 Traditional ceremony with Nixi Pae (Ayahuasca) at the foot of Shunuã (samaúma)
04:00 Closing ceremony with healing pajelance


3rd Day 
6:30 am to 8:00 am: breakfast.
After breakfast: rest.
14:00: visit to the village’s sacred places(Track following to Shunuã Samaúma) round of snuffsanangabath sacred herbs and wheel of songs.
21:00 Traditional ceremony with Nixi Pae (Ayahuasca) at the foot of Shunuã (samaúma)
04:00 Closing of the ceremony with the diet of the Hãpayakī (Baptism of the pepper)


4th Day 
6:30 am to 8:00 am: Breakfast 
After breakfast: rest
14:00: Traditional games Huni Kui 
Txara – Archery 
Dispi – Warhead 
Tawa – I Love You 
Binu Ureã – Launch of the Spear 
* Atsa Betsea – A Little Bit of Love 
21:00 Ceremony with Nixi Pae and Munu in the central Shubuã village all night long. 


5th day 
6:30 AM to 8:00 AM: Breakfast 
09:00: Presentation of Katxa Nawa (traditional dance and songs that call the strength of fertility and abundance)
12:00 to 13:30: Lunch 
14:00: Myuistories of the medicines and Yuxibus. 
17:00: Presentation Kaxī Ika (traditional game Huni Kuī) 
21:00: Ceremony with Nixi Pae and Munu in the central Shubuã village all night long. 


6th Day 
6:30 AM to 8:00 AM: Breakfast 
09:00 Presentation of all the txanãs (singers) present. 
12:00 to 13:30: Lunch  
14:00: Presentation of Katxa Nawa (dance and traditional songs that call and bring the strength of fertility and abundance) 
21:00 Ceremony with Nixi Paeconcentration in the central Shubuã of the village throughout the night. 
5:00 Closing of the festival Nukū Manã Ibubu of Pinuya village – Acre, Brazil 


days of spiritual and cultural immersion in the middle of the Amazon forest with a lot of joy and rituals with the sacred medicines that heal and teach us. 
“Come and visit the Amazon 
NIXI PAE – Ayahausca 
RESHKE – Rapé 
BETXE SHEKEA – Traditional eye drops with medicinal herbs 
BEKUNI – Smoking 
KENE – Body painting with the sacred ken Huni Kui 
PITI – Traditional food 
KATXA NAWA – Traditional dance 
RAUKUI – Sacred herbal bath 


Among the transformative trips we offer, visits to the Amazon region are the most suitable for those who really want a revolution in their lives. The possibilities are broad the size of the forest itself. There, you can also deepen your knowledge about the indigenous natural lifestyle, as well as their diet, habits, art, culture and music.
The warm welcome full of meaning by the pajés and inhabitants of the Pinuya tribe will lift your spirit and make you feel at home. They are our longtime partners and provide unforgettable experiences and excursions inside the largest forest of our continent.

The Kaxinawa are an indigenous ethnic group located on the Brazilian / Peruvian border, in the states of Acre and southern Amazonas and in eastern Peru, and speak the language of the “Pano” family, with slight variations in culture and language among different tribes. 
The first reports of contacts with travellers consider the Muru, Humaitá and Iboiçu rivers, tributaries of the Envira, which in turn is tributary of the river Juruá, as the region of origin of the Kaxinawa. Since the seventeenth century, colonizers had already made incursions in these regions in search of slaves. At the end of the 19th century, the invasions became frequent as a result of the exploitation of rubber, intensifying in the early twentieth century, bringing changes of customs, diseases and, consequently, conflicts. Some groups decided over the years to remain prisoners in the virgin forest, isolated from contact with the “white man”, while others ended up enjoying this time and using resources such as axes and shotguns in their daily lives. 

The productive activities revolve around hunting, fishing, planting and harvesting. They plant bananas, manioc, beans, peanuts and cotton in brush strokes. Hunting is done exclusively by man, being learned from childhood, and surrounded by techniques and rituals, such as observing the habits of each type of animal, recognizing its traces and imitating its sounds. The fishing is done by both men and women, using mainly the timbó, poisonous vine, that when diluted in the water, kills the fish and causes them to jump on the surface, making it easier to catch them. 
Kaxinawa art revolves around Kene Kuin, a drawing style which, using jenipapo paint, adorns the bodies of community members on festive dates. This type of painting is also applied to objects of everyday use, such as baskets and mats. 
The Kaxinawa base their shamanic vision on the concept of yuxin. They do not see spirituality (yuxin) as something superhuman or supernatural but incorporated into plants and animals, in short, the nature that surrounds them. This spirial presence permeates all the living phenomenon on earth, in the water and in the heavens, according to the Kaxinawa conception. The long solitary walks of some old people without the goal of hunting or seeking medicinal herbs, a generally given explanation, show an active desire to establish intense contact with “yuxindade.” 


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