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Sept. 15-21 is Native Medicine Week

AS part of the Chamorro and Carolinian Cultural Heritage Month celebration, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Tuesday signed a proclamation designating Sept. 15-21 as Native Medicine Week.

Torres encourages the people to participate in celebrating traditional healing practices which, he added, are vital components of the Chamorro and Carolinian’s unique cultural heritage.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, carrying a toddler, poses with traditional healers, other CNMI officials and community members after signing a proclamation designating Sept. 15-21 as Native Medicine Week on Tuesday.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, carrying a toddler, poses with traditional healers, other CNMI officials and community members after signing a proclamation designating Sept. 15-21 as Native Medicine Week on Tuesday. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

In an interview, CNMI Native Medicine Association president Isidro Cabrera said: “We want the people to know that traditional medicine is very much alive in the NMI, the rest of the Marianas and in other Asian and Pacific areas.”

In 2006, Cabrera and other traditional healers established an organization to help promote traditional healing using local plants and herbal medicine.

He said the association also published books to document the types of plants they are using to heal different ailments.

As part of Native Medicine Week, Cabrera said traditional healers will showcase their skills in preparing herbal plants used for traditional medicine.

He said the CNMI Native Medicine Association or the Inetnun Åmot yan Kutturan Natibu/Mwiischil Safey me Kkoor Aramasal Faluw will partner with the Indigenous Affairs Office in promoting traditional medicine by holding demonstrations throughout the week.

They will also conduct traditional medicine workshops on Rota on Sept. 13 to 17; at the IAO office on Capital Hill on Sept. 19; and at the Paseo de Marianas on Sept. 21 during the International Festival of Cultures.

Cabrera said their goal is to get the youth interested in Chamorro and Carolinian traditional medicine.