September is Cultural Heritage Month


Acting governor Victor B. Hocog signs the Cultural Heritage Month proclamation yesterday as Indigenous Affairs Office executive director Roman Tudela Jr. and Carolinian Office special assistant John Tagaburl look on. (Erwin Encinares)

Acting governor Victor B. Hocog proclaimed September as 2018 Cultural Heritage Month yesterday at the Carolinian Utt to celebrate the cultures and traditions of the CNMI’s two indigenous peoples—the Chamorros and Carolinians.

Hocog urged the community to start teaching the younger generations about the indigenous cultures as early as possible, even at home.

“…We encourage [people] to share the teachings of our ancestors. It is important for them to understand first from the home…so that it will help [our children] understand and speak our language better,” he said.

“It is good to integrate because the Carolinians have their own way of doing traditions from [the Chamorro]. By merging them together, there would be…an understanding of the fact that we are all living on one island,” he said, adding that both the Chamorro and Carolinian residents should “come together.”

Cultural Heritage Month is underscored by several events throughout the month. On most of the weekdays, the Carolinian Affairs Office, represented by Paul Ythemar, would be doing cultural outreach at the Public School System.

Chief Aghurubw Day would be celebrated on Sept. 29, 2018.

The finale for the Cultural Heritage Month would be on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, with sunset music featuring three artists and three musicians. The final venue for the two events have yet to be finalized, according to CAO special assistant John Tagabuel.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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