Born in 1969, he has been conducting autodidactic research on entheogens and their applications in traditional contexts for the last 25 years, with a focus on the songs connected to its use. In the last four years, he has focused on the Indian tradition of the Yawanawa and the Huni Kuin, rooted in the Brazilian state of Acre, which neighbours Peru and Bolivia. In 2005, he was initiated by the Huni Kuin and was given the name Nixiwaka.
Workshop 2016: “Rappee”
Among other entheogens, the people of Huni Kuin and Yawanawa use a type of rappee (dume), which consists of finely ground mapacho (Nicotiana rustica) and ashes, whereby the ashes are derived from trees that are regarded as significant to the mentioned tribes.
Arend’s talk will give an insight into the production, use, effects and meaning of rappee. He will sing some traditional songs associated with rappee. Those who are interested will probably be able to experience the effects of rappee themselves (pre-registration necessary, places limited).