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Today on the blog, we are thrilled to introduce Vinicius of Incausa! We met with him in their amazing studio in Brooklyn. We got to chat about everything from inspiration to what his spirit animal he is. We had a great time checking out their space and are excited to be able to share it with you!
Tell us a little about Incausa.
VV: Not all of Incausa productions are harvested by the Indigenous, but the incense in itself is of Indigenous culture and traditions, Sage, Palo Santo, Breu Resin, Ayahuasca are all Indigenous plants and part of their heritage.
We do believe that a mindful step toward understanding the Indigenous cause can be through a direct experience with their Sacred Plants and its resonance with our own traditions and observance.
When we burn the Palo Santo in our home, it is an invitation and offering to their ancestors and spirits, a contemplative way to begin new interaction and thought formation.
At the same time that we offer our productions, now from Peru, Brazil, USA and Nepal. We exist as a non-profit mediator for a direct connection with the Indigenous Artisanships and communities. We now develop with 5 different ethnicities, Q’eros, Yawalapiti, Xavante, Fulni-ô and Mehinako bridging a contact that has been almost extinct in our modern times.
And precisely there on this direct channel of trade that we hold our focus, in the ideals that capital flow and cultural exchange can bring about a new era of possibilities for their sovereignty and identity. For the Natives and everyone who wishes to learn more and connect.
What inspired your passion for Indigenous people groups and how did you become involved in Indigenous Social Entrepreneurship?
VV: We are originally from Brazil, there still exists more than 300 different ethnicities still living in their old ways. Growing up I noticed there is still a chasm dividing society from the Ancient Natives, while there is work done for other minorities, the Indigenous were still poorly represented and currently existing in very sad conditions.
Being of colonialism descendants, many people including myself understands where we come from, the forces we represent, throughout personal growth I felt a calling to first apologize for the past done and to think on the present about what we can do now and suggest a great re-evaluation of their potential and position in our modern society.
There is a purity in intention that the Natives carry, a connection to the Earth that comes from far before any documentation that resonates deeply within and urges a calling to connect and learn and hear from our ancient past before its all gone.
What is your work mantra?
VV: We here at Incausa are moved by purpose and have some grand ideals ahead. There is a little mantra we keep on our wall actually and I d love to share:
The Optimist Creed by Christian D. Larson:
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature you meet.
To give so much time to improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.
To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in you.
What do you work toward in your free time?
VV: We have been developing a daily practice guide for personal self-reflection and accountability, a little 7/21/30 day challenge for habit forming that has been a dear dream of ours together with an invitation for global citizenship observation and call for action starting with planting one fruit tree.
If Incausa was a color, what color would it be and why?
VV: Shades from linen to pastel brown have naturally become our identity, an organic connection to natural unrefined fibers, wood, ashes and ancient fabrics.
What is your spirit animal?
VV: A very special person in a ceremony told me that she saw a White Dove over me, my spirit animal.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
VV: The very last gift I gave someone was to my partner in live and work, an Excalibur dehydrator for her vegan raw food experimentation.
What were you like in high school?
VV: Teachers and workers at my high school still play with me that I should become a politician, I must say that this endearing had some influence on me or maybe it was the other way around. One core element has always been prevalent in my character. This deep yearning for justice, for the common well being. It’s been a long time since I revisited my high school but I still carry with me all faces and names and dreams of future livings. I ended up becoming our graduation speaker, and remember still today my ending words of that speech, guided by my Mother’s suggestion, this quote:
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
You can view our assortment of products from Incausa here.
Thank you Vinicius! Thank you Elli, who shot all these beautiful photos! See more of her work at: www.ellilaurenphotography.com
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