The Nipei Garden

Planting Seeds For Future Generations

This inspirational project arose from the seed that was planted in Jordão De Souza, son-in-law of Mariazinha Yawawawa and husband of Kenewma Yawanawá.  He was directly inspired by the great Pajé (Shaman) Tata before his passing as Jordão listened to the passing of oral traditional knowledge of Tata to his people.  Pajé Tata reminded his people not to forget the power of the medicinal plants in the expansive gardens of the rainforest. Jordão heard the message loud and clear and devoted his path to ensuring the survival of the Yawanawá traditional knowledge through the continuation of the Nipei Garden of Medicines. Our project is fully geared to support the vision of Pajé Tata in ensuring the survival of this precious traditional knowledge for the future Yawanawá generations.

The Amazon Rainforest is the world’s largest tropical rainforest and home to thousands of Indigenous people

Covering over 5.5 million square kilometres, it spans 9 countries in total: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. The Amazon Rainforest moderates local and global weather patterns releasing approximately 20 billion tons of moisture into the atmosphere daily.

One-quarter of all medicinal plants, many from the Amazon, are derived from tropical forests. Many medicinal plants of the Amazon Rainforest have not been documented yet. For the past 10 years, a new species has been discovered every 3 days in the Amazon. It is home to approximately 40,000 plant species and 1,300 bird species and counting.