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Indigenous Affairs Office plans to bring cultural expo to Rota and Tinian

THE Indigenous Affairs Office intends to include Rota and Tinian in this year’s cultural expo.

In an interview, IAO Resident Executive Roman Tudela Jr. said his office has informed Rota and Tinan officials about the plan.

Roman Tudela Jr

In Oct. 2017, the IAO, the Carolinian Affairs Office and the First Lady Diann Torres Foundation held the expo at the Civic Center on Saipan to showcase traditional activities including weaving, fishing and farming.

The second expo held in Oct. 2018 at the same venue saw more participants and more community and government agencies, including the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs and the Arts Council, collaborating with the organizers.

There were 26 cultural demonstrations in the 2018 expo.

Tudela said the IAO’s mission is to promote and perpetuate local traditions through education, promotions and community events.

“So this is not just for Saipan. Whenever we undertake any project, we always keep in mind that Rota and Tinian should be included,” Tudela said in a phone interview.

He said he has asked Rota and Tinian lawmakers to allocate $5,000 each for the islands’ cultural expos.

Tudela noted that the cost of the first cultural expo on Saipan reached $15,000. The second annual event, which was much bigger, and cost even more, he added.

“We covered a lot more compared to the first year, and we had demonstrations on agriculture, local medicines, coconut and its uses, weaving and other related topics.”

Most of participants in the previous cultural expos were students, Tudela said. “The event aims to remind everyone that our local culture still exists and we want to make sure that our culture and language will continue to exist.”