Chakapa (sometimes spelled shakapa or Latinized to shacapa) is a Quechua word for a shaker or rattle constructed of bundled leaves. Bushes of the genus Pariana provide the leaves for the Chakapa.
Curanderos (healers) and other shaman of the Shipibo-Conibo people in the Peruvian Amazon use the Chakapa in healing ceremonies.
In an ayahuasca ceremony, for example, a curandero may shake the chakapa around the patient while singing an icaro (healing song). The sound of the Chakapa is said to comfort patients in an ayahuasca ceremony and “cleans” the energy surrounding the patient. Shaman have a large variety of chakapa movements that create different sounds and energy waves; these movements match the coinciding icaro and healing that is being done at the time.
Chakapas can be used for all types of ceremonies and are a beautiful tool to cleanse energy, create a hypnotic trance or sing to.