The native experts of the Mayoruna ethnic tribe process a refined green powder called “nunu”, using tobacco leaves (Nicotiana tabacum) and the bark of a tree called cacahuilo (Theobroma subincatum).
One of the keys to the success of the nunu ceremony lies in that the person blowing must be an expert adult, who, besides the tobacco, also sends his spirit and power to the person inhaling.
This practice is only used by men who want to gain courage, power and energy. However, they can also decide to do it as a celebration, to have visions or just to have a good night’s rest after a bad day. Since this tribe has an obvious relationship between hunting and shamanism they also use nunu to get a good shot with bow and improve their hunting proficiency.
AMAZON EXPLORER offers this little-known ceremony with genuine Matses natives.