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Ibã Dua Bake Huni Kuin

Ibã Dua Bake Huni Kuin is from the Jordão region of Acre, in Brazil, and is a Txana (master of sacred songs) in the tradition of the Huni Kuin people. Ibã trained in bilingual Indigenous education in the 1980s and conducted an in-depth research project documenting the traditional songs of his father, Txana Tuin who was a keeper of the Huni Meka (the corpus of ceremonial chants transmitted from the forest spirits that accompany the Nixi Pae or ayahuasca ritual) among the Huni Kuin. He joined the Federal University of Acre in Cruzeiro do Sul in 2008 and created the Forest Spirit Project to research multimedia translation processes for these songs. He is also founder of the Huni Kuin Artists’ Movement, the MAHKU which has been exhibited at Histoire de voir Fondation Cartier for contemporary art, Paris (2012), MIRA - Contemporary Visual Arts of the Indigenous Peoples at the Federal University of Minas Gerais Cultural Center, Belo Horizonte (2013) Histórias Mestiças, at the Tomie Ohtake Institute, Sao Paulo (2014), Made by… Feito por Brasileiros Sao Paulo biennale (2014), Au-delà de l'invisible at the Espace Krajcberg gallery, Paris (2014).

Ibã joined the Healing Encounters team as an Ethical Advisor and Visiting Expert.