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September is cultural heritage month

TO highlight Chamorro and Carolinian cultures and ensure their preservation, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday signed a proclamation designating September as Chamorro and Carolinian Culture Heritage Month.

According to Roman Tudela Jr., Indigenous Affairs Office resident executive, the local community should help promote and perpetuate the languages, customs and traditions of the Chamorros and Carolinians.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres poses with other officials, cultural advocates and other members of the local community, including 2019 Miss Marianas Shannon T. Sasamoto, outside the administration building after a proclamation signing ceremony on Thursday.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioGov. Ralph DLG Torres poses with other officials, cultural advocates and other members of the local community, including 2019 Miss Marianas Shannon T. Sasamoto, outside the administration building after a proclamation signing ceremony on Thursday. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Carolinian Affairs Office Executive Assistant John Tagabuel said everyone should practice local traditions every day.

“It starts at home so we encouraged parents to communicate with their children using the native languages,” he added.

“The Chamorro and Carolinian Cultural Heritage Month will provide us more opportunities to showcase our unique cultures and traditions,” the proclamation stated.

“As Chamorros and Carolinians, we need to continue to educate and inspire our younger generation on the importance of our ways of living. We shall further promote and showcase them, so it may continue to flourish.”

During the cultural heritage month, the local community will recognize and honor chief and principal lord Ladahao, a Maga’låhi, who lived in a village called Araiao located along the southwestern shore of Saipan; Chamorro chief Soom, a Maga’låhi of Tete’to village on Rota; and Chamorro chief Ka’isa, a Maga’låhi of Sungharon on Tinian.

On Sept. 23, 2019, the 33rd commemoration of the 13 fishermen lost at sea will be held in Garapan.

On Sept. 28, 2019, Carolinian Chief Aghurubw and all the other traditional Samwools will be honored.