The Inetnon Amot yan Kutturan Natibu/Mwiischil Safey me Kkoor Aramasal Faluw (Association of Native Medicine and Culture), in partnership with the Tinian Department of Community and Cultural Affairs and Office of the Mayor of Tinian, announced yesterday the opening of the Tinian Chamorro-Carolinian Cultural Center at the Man’amko Center in San Jose, Tinian, this Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012.
After the ceremonial opening, which starts at 8:30am, there will be a lesson on making “apigigi.” Other light refreshments will also be served.
The Tinian Cultural Center is part of the cultural centers that were made possible in part by a two-year grant from the Administration for Native Americans, given to the Inetnon Amot yan Kutturan Natibu/Mwiischil Safey me Kkoor Aramasal Faluw. During the first year of the grant, the Rota Chamorro Cultural Center at the DCCA compound in Songsong Village opened on March 19, 2011, and the Saipan Chamorro-Carolinian Cultural Center Headquarters on Capital Hill opened on March 26, 2011.
The purpose of the centers is to provide opportunities to Chamorros and Carolinians to learn their traditional knowledge and practices, including the encouragement of speaking their native languages. It is hoped that some of the traditional knowledge and practices will help the indigenous people gain financial benefit using the natural resources available in the Mariana Islands. There will be a gift shop at each center that is open to the public.
The cultural centers on Rota, Tinian, and Saipan will be offering lessons on traditional knowledge and practices to Chamorros and Carolinians on two Saturdays a month. The public is encouraged see the local papers on Fridays to see the kind of activity that will be done on a particular Saturday, or you may call 532-9350 on Rota, 433-9220 on Tinian, or 322-0278 on Saipan. The Rota center coordinator is Beck Kani and the Tinian center coordinator is Raymon B. Sablan. (PR)