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IAO recognizes traditional healers

NINETEEN traditional healers from Saipan, Tinian and Rota received posthumous recognition from the Indigenous Affairs Office on Tuesday.

IAO Resident Executive Roman Tudela Jr. said the healers served the community throughout their lives by preparing traditional medicine for people who were sick.

“It is fitting to give them recognition for their contributions to the community and for practicing our tradition for years,” Tudela said.

The recognition was received by the healers’ family members.

According to IAO project manager Cris Ogo, a similar recognition ceremony will be held on Tinian and Rota as part of Native Medicine Week.

The Saipan awardees:

1) Victoria Borja Aguon

Victoria Aguon’s family members receive the recognition on her behalf for serving the community through her knowledge in traditional medicine. Victoria Aguon’s family members receive the recognition on her behalf for serving the community through her knowledge in traditional medicine.

2) Edward Aldan Ayuyu

3) Emilio Aldan Ayuyu

Members of the Emilio Aldan Ayuyu family receive the Indigenous Affairs Office recognition on his behalf. Also in photo are Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, House Floor Leader JP Sablan, IAO Resident Executive Roman Tudela Jr., Carolinian Affairs Executive Assistant John Tagabuel and CNMI Native Medicine Association president Isidro Cabrera. Members of the Emilio Aldan Ayuyu family receive the Indigenous Affairs Office recognition on his behalf. Also in photo are Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, House Floor Leader JP Sablan, IAO Resident Executive Roman Tudela Jr., Carolinian Affairs Executive Assistant John Tagabuel and CNMI Native Medicine Association president Isidro Cabrera.

4) Rosa Tanin Castro

5) Juana Santos Dela Cruz

6) Juan Quitugua Kapileo

Family members of Juan Quitugua Kapileo, a traditional healer who passed away 10 years ago, receive a recognition on his behalf from the Indigenous Affairs Office.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. LirioFamily members of Juan Quitugua Kapileo, a traditional healer who passed away 10 years ago, receive a recognition on his behalf from the Indigenous Affairs Office. Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

7) Magdalena Lairopi Mettao

8) Tony Pialur Omar

9) Dionisia Saures Saralu

10) Aguida Pangelinan Sablan

11) Regina Sablan

12)Rosa Somorang Roppul-Warakai

From Rota:

13) Margarita Songao Atalig

14) Beata Duenas Mendiola

15) Carmen Cabrera Rangamar

16) Carmen Matagolai Toves

From Tinian:

17) Carida Ogo Kiyoshi

18) Jesse Salas Mundo

19) Henry Deleon Guerrero San Nicolas