The Noke Koi tribe is situated deep in the Brazilian Amazon and is the home to an extraordinarily diverse abundance of plants.
‘Noke Koî’ translates to ‘People of Jaguar ‘
This special tribe lives in Cruzeiro do Sul, a small city of the state of Acre, which has around 8~9 villages in the same zone, one beside other (Kamãnawa, Varinawa, Satanawa, Waninawa, etc).
They traditionally use the 4 most known amazon medicines: Ayahuasca (what they call by “Oni”), Rapé (Rome Potô), Sananga (Vero Txeshãti) and Kambô.
Also, like other amazonian indigenous tribes, they paint themselves (Kenē) with Jenipapo (the blue dye, made of a fruit) and Urucum (the red one) – as a way of protection and use Sēpa (their amazonian sacred resin) as purification to move away bad spirits and clean negative energy.
They are considered to be gifted healers and have a rich botanical healing tradition.
The visions received while under the influence of Ayahuasca are then reproduced in the glass bead jewellery.
They paint a picture with miniature glass-beads that reflect their ancestral dreaming strongly connected to the earth, their mother.
Their bead-works contain unique symbolism that talk about their natural environment, social codes and spiritual connections.
By purchasing these hand crafts, you support these guardians of ancient, traditional knowledge.
Glass beads were not used until the colonists brought them from Europe 500 years ago, but they quickly became part of Indigenous cultures.
Today glass beads, particularly fine seed beads, are the primary materials for traditional beaders of many tribes.
Beading is not simple. In fact, it can take several months to complete a single bead-work.
This particular type of jewellery has been designed by the Noke Koî communities who are very skilled crafters.
Their bead-work designs include animals, trees, rivers and stars that represent sacred spirits that inhabit the Universe.
Each piece is beautifully created. With a unique intricate design are highly desirable and would make a fine addition to any South American art collection. Perfect for any bead lover, ideal for ceremony and special occasions.
The amazing glass bead work are unique to each one.
All material used is natural, locally sourced and their infused with pure heart and soul energy.
They hold a super special vibration and we are honoured to support their community and families.