Ushunawa Village is located on the banks of the Gregório River, in the Demarcated Indigenous Reserve Yawanawa in the Juruá region, in the state of Acre – Brazil, with the nearest city being São Vicente. Of the Yawanawa ethnicity, the ‘people of the jaw’, Ushunawa Village was founded in October 2021 and currently consists of 11 families and approximately 50 people.
History of Ushunawa Village
The land inhabited by the Ushunawa Village was once a meeting place for great shamans in the past. At the heart of the village, three important shamans would meet under the main Samaúma tree of the region to experience spiritual powers. Inside it, a portal marked by strong spiritual energy was formed, becoming the cradle of significant Yawanawa stories, as well as strength for the successors of this ethnicity.
Beautiful and sacred, this tree has the power to connect with the spirits of the Boa Constrictor (Runuwa) and the Hawk (Tetepawã). This Samaúma tree is a window that, through its lush branches, engages in the activity of healing and expanding consciousness, connecting the works of current and ancient shamans, from the village to the world.
One of these shamans was Ushunawa, father of Uncle Jorge or Voà (indigenous name) who today is one of the main leaders of the Village. As they tell it, Ushunawa was a great Tuchau; (beyond Shaman and Chief). He was an exceptional leader, and highly respected. His work brought great healing to many people, in addition to the relationship with the land and the food it provides, a legacy that the village still keeps alive:
“We value our land, our forest. We never wanted to mistreat it, or destroy it because when we enter the forest, we are entering our pharmacy. We value this a lot. It brings us positive strength so we can learn. We love the forest. It’s the value we have.” – Kuwa, current Chief of the Ushunawa Village.
Moreover, there is the sacred Yumã, a huge mound, with a large Boa Constrictor (Runuwa) at its feet, which are its roots. This is the path where she always wanders, leaving her spiritual strength for those who arrive.
Entering the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, Ushunawa Village is truly a Sacred experience. They are united by the purpose of healing with forest medicines and reclaiming their original knowledge.
You will have a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the original knowledge of the Queixada People, the Yawanawa People, together with the families and leaders of the Ushunawa village.
There will be 10 days of immersion, accompanied by the consciousness booster, therapist and facilitator Chetana, whose indigenous name is Txûtxû Ushu Shahu. Che Txûtxû will help you and guide you through this experience with all the physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual support so that you can transform your life with love and care.
Over 10 days, you will get to know and delve into the true native culture of the Yawanawa people, through their ancestral stories, their games and traditional dressing rooms, learning their language, and their songs (the Saitis) and connecting with abuelos and abuelas that keep their original knowledge and wisdom alive.
In addition, you will experience deep processes of healing and expansion of consciousness through medicinal plants and the medicines of the Amazon rainforest, such as Uni (ayahuasca), Kapum (kambô), Nauã (snuff), Sananga, Mâiu, Mapú, Nipui Bath, in addition to traditional songs and healing trails through the forest.
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