Associação dos Povos Indigenas do Mapuera

Indigenous People(s): Wai Wai, Others
Country: Brazil
Product(s): Chili powder, Handicracfts
Description: The Associação dos Povos Indígenas do Mapuera plays an important role in diffusing indigenous products, sustainably made from the region's unique socio-biodiversity. The Mapuera community live in the northern part of the state of Pará, and participate in various productive initiatives such as creating artisanal goods, although their principal product is chili powder. The powder is sustainably produced by the Waiwai women using red chilis, yellow chilis, and púrpuras originally from the Amazon rainforest. They process the chilis utilizing a traditional indigenous technique passed down throughout the generations, and the women plant, tend, proccess, and sell the peppers themselves. In 2014 the environmental department of Pará (SEMA) published "The chili powder of the Waiwai: a product of indigenous socio-biodiversity," explaining the various health benefits associated with the pepper, such as lowering cholesterol, weight loss, control of blood glucose levels, and uses in treating glaucoma, allergies, and inflammation.
Number of producers: 0 aprox.
Location: Oriximina, Para
Contact: Paulo Waiwai
Source of Information: Sema lança livro sobre a produção da pimenta em pó waiwai . Author: SEMA. Published in August 2014. Consulted in May 2016. Link.

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