Many indigenous cultures throughout the world have relationships with sacred herbs that are smoked or used in other ways. In many cases, great importance is placed upon the vessel through which the herbs are ingested. For the people of the Amazon, a common tool across different tribes is the Cachimbo (shamanic pipe). The Cachimbo is often carved into different shapes invoking different spiritual energies which hold great importance in shamanic work.
The concept of power animals or animal alliances is a common occurrence throughout many different cultures. For the Ashaninka their most significant alliance is with a type of bird they know as a Japu, but that we know as weaver birds. In the Amazon, their nests are easy to spot as they dangle in colonies like tiny orbs from the tree canopy. These birds which play a significant role in the Ashaninka creation story, also sing to in plant medicine ceremonies as it is believed their spirits bring songs and transmit messages from the divine. This Cachimbo has been carved to act as a representation of these sacred birds. This Cachimbo was carved by a member of the Jovenes Guerreros da Floresta (Young Warriors of the Forest) association. The purchase of this Cachimbo supports the association as they work day and night planting trees in deforested regions of the Amazon.
Dimensions: Bird 8'' long, Stem 6'' long.