The Mystical Legend of Kambo
& Where we source ours
Kambo is seen a sacred medicine to be honoured & treat with the deepest respect.. The legend around Kambo shows us just how miraculous & mystical it really is. The medicine men of the jungle know how important it is that the Giant Monkey Frog (Kambo) is treated with respect. Before we tell you of the tribes we associate with, we believe it is important to tell you the Legend behind Kambo..
The Legend Of Kampu
The story goes like this.. A tribe of indigenous people called the Kaxinawá live deep in the Amazon Jungle. Many people in the village had fallen ill and the tribes medicine man Kampu had tried all his usual jungle medicines but he could not heal them. Kampu decided he would have a walk in the Jungle and sat in isolation, drinking Ayahuasca, the master teacher plant. Kampu was visited by a spirit and he experienced visions and teachings.
These teachings involved being shown a particular frog- the Monkey tree frog. He was shown how to call the frog using the distinctive 'song'. And then how to collect the secretion and safely apply it to the body. Kampu returned to the village with his newfound knowledge and healed the tribe with this new and potent Kambo medicine. The name Kambo is to honour this incredible shaman Kampu and it’s through the use of Kambo that his spirit lives on.
In modern times several Amazonian tribes (including the Kabxinawá, Yawanawa and the Matses) still use Kambo as their main medicine and these tribes are vital hunters and have a healthy community. Like Kampu, more and more of us are learning to trust in the Divine healing of nature. When we work with Kambo we choose to interact with the Divine force directly, bypassing our minds and consequently we can experience deep healing.
The Matsés tribe were previously un-contacted until 1969.
Where do we source our Kambo?
The Matsés are often referred to in the popular literature as the 'Jaguar People' under the misconception that the palm leaflet veins that women insert in piercings in their nostril flares are meant to represent feline whiskers. Upon being interviewed, however, the Matsés eject the assumption that their facial ornaments are meant to imitate the jaguar, and assert that these ornaments and their facial tattoos are just markers that identify them as belonging to the Matsés ethnic group.
The Matsés have an approximate population of 2200 people on the Peruvian side, covering over 1 million hectares. Across the river into Brazil they number a further 1300, part of their territory lies within the Valle do Javari Indigenous Reserve, which protects the largest
number of uncontacted groups in isolation remaining in the world. In Brazil, they are often called the Mayoruna, all speaking the Matsés language which is part of the Pano linguistic family.
The Matsés inhabit the very heart of the Amazon Rainforest, an area of staggering natural beauty and almost inconceivable biodiversity, but a land deeply troubled and beset with threats from logging and multinational petroleum companies. It is one of the last frontiers. The Matsés live in remote villages deep in the Amazon Rainforest that are difficult to access and cost-prohibitive for commerce with the outside world. Accordingly, Matsés villages have limited economic opportunities and are becoming increasingly dependent on traded goods and extrinsic resources. The younger generations, as in the case with most Amazonian forest tribes, have limited economic alternatives to participation in activities such as logging of valuable hard wood, gold-mining, petroleum exploration and extraction, and the wildlife trade that result in profoundly negative effects on their health, culture, and environment.
Hence why sourcing Kambo from the Matses is not only supporting our communities with much needed medicine but it is helping the Matses to sustain themselves.