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This is a wonderfully sacred and strong rapé providing strong feminine energy. It contains Agueduero and Chaliponga (D. cabrerana). Chaliponga has been revered for its shamanic healing capabilities and is used as a part of specific healing practices within the Amazon and its healing ability is understood as being beyond any earthly understanding.
Nawa is a self-designation or an indicator of otherness (“other people”) in many Pano-speaking societies, and was recently claimed by this indigenous group, now living inside the Serra do Divisor National Park, as the name by which they should be officially recognized by the Brazilian state. This claim arose in response to the threatened resettlement of the population outside the perimeter of the Conservation Unit, which as an integral protection area outlaws habitation inside its borders. They are now fighting for official recognition of their land, a process initiated by Funai. Due to violent contact in the past with expanding colonialist frontiers, especially the rubber industry, the Nawa no longer speak their language, though their worldview and way of life reflects a series of aspects identifiable with the Pano cultural complex.
The Nawa were once a very big tribe in the region of Acre in Brazil, with thousands of members, and Brazilian authorities believed they disappeared in the 1920s. However, they re-emerged recently from their hiding places, to protest against the creation of a national park on their lands and are now recognized once again as a tribe. Only 250 members remain of what was once the most populous community in the region.
Most of the Nawa population currently resides in the municipality of Mâncio Lima, though some members of the group can be found in other municipalities of Acre state, such as Cruzeiro do Sul, Rodrigues Alves and Rio Branco. Nawa families also live in other states, in the cities of Porto Velho/RO and Manaus/AM, and in Peru.
In Mâncio Lima, the Nawa mostly live on the right shore of the Moa river and along the smaller rivers on the same shore, namely the Jordão, Pijuca, Novo Recreio, Jarina, Venâncio and Jesumira. This forms the area where they are currently demanding the identification and delimitation of their lands. The official process for recognizing this area has already been initiated by Funai.
The Nawa population resident in the Indigenous Territory under claim numbers approximately 306 people. A partial survey of the Nawa population living in the city of Mâncio Lima also registered 117 Nawa.
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