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Traditional healing presentations on Sept. 8 and 22

THE Indigenous Affairs Office, in partnership with Amot Natibu, will conduct presentations on local traditional medicine at the multi-purpose center on Sept. 8 and 22.

IAO Resident Executive Roman Tudela Jr. said traditional healers will share their knowledge about herbal medicine.

He said the event is part of the IAO’s program to promote and revive traditional healing through herbal medicine.

“It is a two-part event,” Tudela said. On Sept. 8, traditional healers will share their knowledge about medicinal plants and their uses.

“It will take a more hands-on approach on Sept. 22 as the traditional healers teach the participants how to prepare herbal plants for medicine,” Tudela added.

He said it will be the first time for the IAO to host an event promoting traditional healing. “It is important because we are trying to revive our local native medicine. It will benefit community members because they will acquire knowledge about preparing their own medicine for common ailments — no preservatives, no chemicals and, most importantly, good for the body.”

He expects students and other young people will participate in the presentations.

“We will also make the traditional healing presentation available during the second annual indigenous cultural expo on Oct. 8,” he added.

Last year, during the first indigenous cultural expo, Tudela said they presented various demonstrations  on coconut and its uses, fishing, weaving, mwaar-making and cooking, including the traditional uumw for roasting pig.

“We will have the same format as last year. But we will add to the list of demonstrations traditional agriculture and traditional healing,” he added.

The second annual indigenous cultural expo set for Oct. 8 will celebrate Cultural Day.

“For many years, we recognized the holiday but didn’t do anything. When you promote a date about culture wouldn’t it be fitting to host something that would promote  culture — something to remind people what the holiday is all about,” Tudela said.