Cultural expo this Monday


In celebration of Commonwealth Cultural Day, the Indigenous Affairs Office will host the 2nd Annual Cultural Expo that will feature cultural demonstrations and entertainment.

According to IAO resident director Roman Tudela, the expo will still revolve around the same theme as last year’s, tree of life. It would highlight the coconut tree and its versatility in the Chamorro and Carolinian cultures.

The expo’s demonstrators will show various cooking techniques and weaving using the coconut. There will also be net throwing, hook tying, names of fish, types of fishing lines, fish preparation, and spear fishing. Indigenous food preparation demonstrations will also be featured as well as planting to include local medicinal plants and its usage.

The expo will also include a seafaring demonstration where the public can witness what goes into creating and sailing a traditional canoe. The 500 Sails will also offer free canoe rides.

Local artists and their traditional art pieces will also be featured and there will be entertainment throughout the day.

Tudela said the event showcases the CNMI’s traditional cultural practices and will be a great opportunity for the entire community, especially indigenous Chamorros and Carolinians.

The event is set for Monday, Oct. 8 and will start at 9am and end at 3pm. The event will take place at the Civic Center in Susupe.
The event is free to the public.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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