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Indigenous Affairs Office to help promote traditional healing

THE Indigenous Affairs Office will continue to promote traditional medicines and support the local group Amot Natibu, IAO Resident Executive Roman Tudela Jr. said.

Roman Tudela Jr.

In September, IAO hosted an event that showcased  medicinal plants and how to prepare them. “It was a success and now we want to hold similar educational events in different schools,” Tudela added. “We will continue to focus on the art of traditional healing.”

He said  IAO will provide financial support while Amot Natibu will bring the plants and local healers to schools. “Once the plan is finalized,” he said, “we will coordinate with the Public School System and ask its permission before we present  traditional healing in schools.”

Tudela added, “The art of traditional healing is rapidly dying and only a few people know about local plants and their healing properties. It is very important that we embrace traditional healing. We also need to get as much information that we need from our local healers.”

He noted that on Saipan, there are only about 10 individuals who still practice traditional healing.

Tudela said IAO will grow a garden with plants that have healing properties.  IAO will also set aside kitchen space where local healers can work on their medicinal concoctions, he added.