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CAO says it has met goal of ANA-funded program

SUPER Typhoon Yutu stalled some of the programs of the Carolinian Affairs Office, including one funded by an Administration for Native Americans or ANA grant: “Tepengi Kkosch Refaluwasch/Caring for Our Carolinian Culture.”

But CAO project director Paul Ythemar said they have already achieved the program’s goal which is to enlist the participation of 200 Carolinian in three years.

“We already have a total of 200 participants from Carolinian community,” Ythemar said.

He added that they also welcomed the participation of individuals from different ethnic groups for a grand total of 400 participants.

Ythemar said the program, which received a $441,815 grant from ANA, will be completed by 2020.

He said for the first year, the program concentrated on arts and crafts, which include weaving, mwaar-making, beading, dancing, singing and playing the ukulele.

For the second year, the program offered survival skills including farming, cooking, rope-making, fishing, drying fish, making fire through the traditional way, salt-making, soap-making and making lavalava.

Ythemar said they have to cancel the coconut syrup-making class because coconut trees are still recovering from Typhoon Yutu.

As for the classes for cooking breadfruit, taro and banana, they will start in September, he said.

The Tepengi Kkosch Refaluwasch/Caring for Our Carolinian Culture program had to be suspended after Yutu hit Saipan and Tinian in Oct. 2018. CAO resumed the program in March 2019.

When ANA Commissioner Jeanie Hovland visited Saipan early this month, Ythemar said he made a presentation on the status of the program, adding that the officials were impressed with its progress.

He said the ongoing summer camp helped boost the number of participants.

For its final year, Ythemar said the program will offer classes on traditional navigation, Carolinian orthography, weaving for floor mats, storytelling, traditional beliefs, understanding clan and lineage, and making lavalava and bead necklaces.