The Northern Marianas Humanities Council will be holding a public viewing next week of a photo exhibit featuring the CNMI’s historical past.
The exhibit will present historical photographs featuring Carolinians during the German, Japanese, and U.S. administrations.
The exhibit will be available for public viewing at the Carolinian Affairs Office in Garapan beginning Monday, from 9am to 4pm.
The Humanities Council said that they are featuring images of Refaluwasch women from Garapan wearing traditional attire.
“We are seeking the public’s help in identifying the photos at the exhibit,” council said.
There will be about 30 to 40 photos on display.
“We are hoping to share at least two photos per week this month via newspapers on the island with different photos each week and for each newspaper,” the council said.
Besides the names of the people featured in the photographs, the council is also looking for information on the proper names of the traditional clothing, necklaces and belts that were used, types of traditional clothing used only for special occasions, and styles for different occasions.
“The information provided by the public on the photos will be gathered and used for publishing on a Marianas history book by Don Farrell,” the council said.
The exhibit is part of the celebration of Cultural Heritage Month. Another event will take place this Friday, Sept. 12, called Uumw Night, and will take place every night beginning this Friday.
For more information, visit the council’s website at www.northernmarianashumanities.org or call 235-4785.