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Expo to celebrate Chamorro and Carolinian cultures

CHAMORRO and Carolinian cultures will be the highlight of the 3rd Annual Indigenous Cultural Expo on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Civic Center in Susupe, Indigenous Affairs Office Resident Executive Roman Tudela Jr. said.

Roman Tudela Jr

There will be demonstrations on seafaring traditions, traditional food, medicines, agriculture, crafts, and more, he added.

Tudela said it is important for the local community, especially the youth, to understand where they came from.

“We want them [the local community] exposed to their culture and hopefully, we can inspire the kids to get into it,” he added.

Tudela said the expo will also highlight local entrepreneurs producing culturally relevant products.

“We’re hoping to revive the passion of the local community for the traditions that our ancestors have passed on to us.”

IAO expects this year’s expo to have more participants compared to last year’s.

“In 2018, we doubled the number of participants compared to the 2017 event, and this year the governor kind of challenged us to make it even bigger,” Tudela said.

He added that IAO is thankful to the Torres-Palacios administration for supporting events and programs that promote Chamorro and Carolinian cultures.

For more information, contact the Indigenous Affairs Office at 664-2664 or the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs at 322-9982.

The 3rd Annual Indigenous Cultural Expo, which will also feature the Kantan Isla Concert, is supported by the Office of the Governor, Lady Diann Torres Foundation, the Carolinian Affairs Office, the Marianas Visitors Authority, the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, Commonwealth-Council for the Arts and Culture, Imperial Pacific, 500 Sails, and other partners that have helped make this event possible.