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HUNI KUIN WOMEN JOURNEY

02nd to 11st June 2020

Aldeia Boa Vista, Terra Indígena Kaxinawá do Rio Jordão

Jordão, Acre, Brasil

A rescue and reconnection experience
with our female ancestors

Women around the planet have undergone intense transformations in search of a more just and peaceful world for ourselves and for our future generations, striving to live fully according to our nature. This transformation has lead us to be united in the retrieval of female ancestral knowledge.

 

Huni Kuin women are guardians of an ancient legacy, their sacred knowledge has been passed down from grandmother to mother, from mother to daughter, for hundreds of generations. The strength of this indigenous ancestry and its relationship with the forest has a lot to teach us.

 

The Women's Journey has the purpose of valuing and strengthening the Huni Kuin women, bringing together women from all over the world in a prayer for feminine energy. Through the event we hope to inspire women to come together and empower themselves, strengthening their connection with nature and their female ancestry.

 

At this gathering, the female Huni Kuin masters and medicine women will share knowledge of medicinal plants from the forest and Huni Kuin spirituality, art and crafts, harvesting and preparing food, stimulating all our relationship with nature and our own bodies.

 

Through a community-based tourism project, in partnership with the Huni Kuin Yube Inu Indigenous Institute with non-indigenous organizations, women from different countries have the opportunity to participate in the event, learn, live, share and contribute to the community.

Yube Nawa Aību

The Women from Boa Vista Village

Yube Nawa Aību

The Women from Boa Vista Village

Boa Vista Village is the headquarters of Yube Inu institute and where our event will be held. Located in the Kaxinawá Indigenous Land of the Jordão River, approximately 06 hours by motorized canoe from the nearest city (Jordão, AC), a city accessible only by river or air. About 200 people live in the community, in wooden and straw houses surrounded by the Amazon rainforest and bordered by the river.

 

The village women were the first in the region to form a  group only made up of women. The group is called Yube Nawa Aibu, “The Boa constrictor woman” a sacred entity within the Huni Kuin culture, who taught the art of graphics and the use of Nixi Pae (ayahuasca). The collective was created with the intention of strengthening the feminine indigenous  power and ensuring their space by representing their interests within the community.

 

Bunke Inani is the group's coordinator and has revolutionized the role of indigenous women in her region. Her strength, organizational capacity, and her dream of changing the reality of the women of her people have made her a leader in the community. ⁣She travels the world carrying the culture and spirituality of the Huni Kuin people and her dream is to empower and unite all women.

Spirituality and Medicinal plants

Huni Kuin elders have extensive knowledge of medicinal plants in the forest. Many of these plants are known only by women as they relate to female cycles, pregnancy, childbirth, or the care of babies and children.

 

Walking in the forest to harvest plants with elders, midwives, and medicine women will be a unique experience. One of the most important ancestral practices of the Huni Kuin people is the ceremonies of Nixi Pae (ayahuasca), the consecration of this sacred beverage is accompanied by specific songs/prayers transmitted orally.

 

The ceremonies were conducted for a long time only by men, but today women have been fighting for their space in conducting this and other spiritual practices, studying the traditions, prayers, and songs and showing the capacity and strength that they also have in this field.

Art

Art is an essential part of the Huni Kuin culture, inherent in everyday tasks. There is no concrete separation between work and art: the production of utensils, clothing, even a basket to pick up edible mushrooms, everything is done with art.

 

Among the most important female traditions are weaving, which also involves spinning and dyeing cotton; ceramics, focused on the production of kitchen utensils and straw plaiting, for making baskets, mats and fans.

 

Ancestral chants also interconnect with these activities, making all practises as a ritual, forming a network of songs / prayers and manual arts transmitted through the generations.

Nature and Nutrition

To get to know the largest tropical forest on the planet, its beauty and mysteries, is a transformative experience to re-connect with ourselves and nature and also an opportunity to re-think our consumption habits and the impacts they cause. 

The work of nourishing and sustaining through food care is a feminine task in many cultures and is extremely important. Participating in the collective work in the field is one of the most true forms of connection. During harvest time, agricultural knowledge, beliefs, and practices are shared. Together in the kitchen we connect with the natural elements, we understand the importance of pure food and all the work involved in the nutrition of our bodies.

The group will be fed with local crops that provide an integral cure for our being, purifying our bodies from the industrial foods that we have become accustomed to eating in the cities. 

Activities

• Women singing circle
• Nixi Pae (ayahuasca) ceremony lead by the women of the group Yube Nawa Aĩbu
• Baths with medicinal herbs
• Application of Bawe (medicinal eye drop)
• Dume Deshke (Rapé) circles
• Smudging with medicinal plants
• Hike through the forest with masters, midwives and medicine women to identify plants
• Body painting with sacred patterns
• Pottery workshop
• Straw braiding workshop
• Cotton spinning workshop
• Presentation of cotton weaving
• Art and crafts fair
• Agricultural practices and visit to local fields
• Traditional cusine workshop
• Katxanawa rites with the whole village (ritual linked to land abundance and fertility)
• Storytelling circle


* Activities are subject to change and cancellation by community decision or climatic reasons.

Gather with us!

Your contribution will be used to pay all services and supplies necessary for your expedition, as well as for carrying out projects and purchasing materials for the benefit of the Huni Kuin women and Boa Vista Village. This is a community-based ethnotourism project with the purpose of contributing to the socio-economic development and empowerment of Huni Kuin women, therefore it is not a conventional tourist package and is subject to adaptations.

 

To provide a positive experience and facilitate your trip, we have chosen to include some services outside the event in the amount of the contribution, as well as all services and activities carried out in the village.

External services:

• Flights Rio Branco x Jordão (two ways);

• Shared accommodation in Jordão; *

• Meals at local restaurant in Jordão; *

*The day before and the day after the stay in the village.


Forest experience:

• Boat from Jordão to Aldeia Boa Vista (roundtrip)
• Shared accommodation in the village;
• 03 daily meals with typical dishes;
• Drinking water;
• Workshops, ceremonies, hikes and other activities of the event;
• Bilingual and indigenous guides throughout the journey.

 

What is not included:

• International or domestic flights to Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil;
• Jungle essentials: mosquito net, sleeping bag, etc;
• Personal items, food supplements, etc;
• Hotel and meals in Rio Branco or additional in Jordão;
• Travel insurance;
• Items not specified above.

 

 


Your Contribuition

 

  • First batch - U$1,500

*First 5 batchs
(Amount in real BR R$6.000)

  • Second lot - U$1,600

 

** Event only for women.

 

 

To provide a more comfortable and intimate experience for all, this event has limited spaces. We recommend that you register in advance.

Registration is open, if you want to join us we ask you to fulfill our application form.

Your contribution will be used to pay all services and supplies necessary for your expedition, as well as for carrying out projects and purchasing materials for the benefit of the Huni Kuin women and Boa Vista Village. This is a community-based ethnotourism project with the purpose of contributing to the socio-economic development and empowerment of Huni Kuin women, therefore it is not a conventional tourist package and is subject to adaptations.

 

To provide a positive experience and facilitate your trip, we have chosen to include some services outside the event in the amount of the contribution, as well as all services and activities carried out in the village.

External services:

• Flights Rio Branco x Jordão (two ways);

• Shared accommodation in Jordão; *

• Meals at local restaurant in Jordão; *

*The day before and the day after the stay in the village.


Forest experience:

• Boat from Jordão to Aldeia Boa Vista (roundtrip)
• Shared accommodation in the village;
• 03 daily meals with typical dishes;
• Drinking water;
• Workshops, ceremonies, hikes and other activities of the event;
• Bilingual and indigenous guides throughout the journey.

 

What is not included:

• International or domestic flights to Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil;
• Jungle essentials: mosquito net, sleeping bag, etc;
• Personal items, food supplements, etc;
• Hotel and meals in Rio Branco or additional in Jordão;
• Travel insurance;
• Items not specified above.

 

 


Your Contribuition

 

  • First batch - U$1,500

*First 5 batchs
(Amount in real BR R$6.000)

  • Second lot - U$1,600

 

** Event only for women.

 

 

To provide a more comfortable and intimate experience for all, this event has limited spaces. We recommend that you register in advance.

Registration is open, if you want to join us we ask you to fulfill our application form.

Your contribution will be used to pay all services and supplies necessary for your expedition, as well as for carrying out projects and purchasing materials for the benefit of the Huni Kuin women and Boa Vista Village. This is a community-based ethnotourism project with the purpose of contributing to the socio-economic development and empowerment of Huni Kuin women, therefore it is not a conventional tourist package and is subject to adaptations.

 

To provide a positive experience and facilitate your trip, we have chosen to include some services outside the event in the amount of the contribution, as well as all services and activities carried out in the village.

External services:

• Flights Rio Branco x Jordão (two ways);

• Shared accommodation in Jordão; *

• Meals at local restaurant in Jordão; *

*The day before and the day after the stay in the village.


Forest experience:

• Boat from Jordão to Aldeia Boa Vista (roundtrip)
• Shared accommodation in the village;
• 03 daily meals with typical dishes;
• Drinking water;
• Workshops, ceremonies, hikes and other activities of the event;
• Bilingual and indigenous guides throughout the journey.

 

What is not included:

• International or domestic flights to Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil;
• Jungle essentials: mosquito net, sleeping bag, etc;
• Personal items, food supplements, etc;
• Hotel and meals in Rio Branco or additional in Jordão;
• Travel insurance;
• Items not specified above.

 

 


Your Contribuition

 

  • First batch - U$1,500

*First 5 batchs
(Amount in real BR R$6.000)

  • Second lot - U$1,600

 

** Event only for women.

 

 

To provide a more comfortable and intimate experience for all, this event has limited spaces. We recommend that you register in advance.

Registration is open, if you want to join us we ask you to fulfill our application form.

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Be a conscious visitor

• Be mindful and respect local customs;
• Act responsibly and respect our agreements;
• Be flexible with your expectations;
• Bring useful and ecological gifts;
• Use only biodegradable products;
• Do not leave garbage in the communities;
• Do not buy illegal materials;
• Do not bring processed foods;
• Be kind and practice self-responsibility.

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YUBE NAWA AIBU

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