September is Cultural Heritage Month


The people of the Marianas greatly value the diverse culture, customs, and traditions of the islands and have dedicated the month of September to celebrate those values. It is, however, that high regard for culture that the islands have also made the preservation of the indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian cultures the islands’ priority.

In line with this, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Victor Hocog have designated September as Cultural Heritage Month, in a proclamation signing that recognizes the indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian cultures.

The entire month of September will also recognize familial heritage, traditional chiefs, and traditional clans (samwool and maga’lahi) to reconnect people of Northern Marianas descent with their ancestral roots.

The month will be filled with ceremonies that aim to recognize ancient events and ancient heroes that were talked of in Chamorro and Carolinian folklores.

A ceremony will be held to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the 13 fishermen who were lost at sea, and to honor Chief Aghurubw, the ancient hero chief of the maga’lahi and samwool clans.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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