Yawanawa Music Released on NUMA
Fuego Sagrado is a compilation of electronic medicine music from Numa Records. Alunawchuma is one of Agamis up coming artists, he features on the Fuego Sagrado compilation with the track “Kano Kano” recorded with some of the Yawanawa people of the Brazilian Amazon
There are about 1.000 Yawanawá living in the Brazilian state of Acre, in villages along the banks of the Gregório river, where they have made their homes since time immemorial.
The Yawanawá people’s first contact with the non-indigenous world happened around the fourteenth century. It was an intense period of much conflict with the rubber barons and missionaries who invaded their lands and tried to forbid Yawanawá language, culture and spirituality. In the 1980s, chief Biraci Nixiwaka Brazil led his people in the fight for the recognition of their native territories, and the Yawanawá became the first indigenous people to obtain the official rights to their lands in the state of Acre.
The Yawanawá have since then reclaimed their sacred medicines, rituals, song and dance, festivals, games, traditional body painting and adornment, artwork and food, in a profound journey of cultural revival.
Yawanawá spirituality is a sacred territory where never a woman had dared to step, for since ancestral times, it had belonged exclusively to men.
In 2005, Putanny and her sister Hushahu, were the first women to defy their ancient male-dominated tradition and commit to the sacred oath of the Yawanawá people. They were the first women to undergo the Yawanawá people’s highest spiritual initiations. After a year of strict diet, they earned their communities’ respect as spiritual leaders, opening the way into this sacred path for other Yawanawá women. A break in tradition that united the male and female universes – and brought the magic of feminine spirituality to strengthen the Yawanawá culture.
26 April 2018
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