ROTA GATHERING HIGHLIGHTS TRADITIONAL MEDICINE

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SAIPAN, CNMI (Saipan Tribune, Mar. 5) - The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs and the Office of the Mayor of Rota successfully held a two-day cultural activity highlighted by the Traditional Medicine Conference at Mochong Historical Latte Site last March 1, 2007.

The theme of the conference was "Tungo' Sumostieni i Amot-ta."

The event included a sightseeing trip on March 2 to look at herbal plants found in the area and it attracted approximately 300 participants from the local community, students, and neighboring islands.

The Mochong Historical Latte Site was the ideal location for the Traditional Medicine Conference as Mochong is where the island's early ancestors once lived. Their knowledge in herbal plants and the making of herbal medicines has been passed down from generation to generation.

The Traditional Medicine Conference aimed to strengthen, promote, and preserve traditional medicine knowledge; and to advocate protection of herbal plants, especially those that are near extinction through education, community awareness, presentations, live demonstrations, questions/answers, recipes, sampling medicines, display of live herbal plants and seeds available; and future planning on medicinal seminars and other related projects.

Organizers would also like to give their sincere appreciation and Dangkulo na Si Yu'os Ma'ase' for all the assistance and support provided by the following: Library Friends/Children of Our Homeland Center and its president Maureen Sebangiol and vice president Jose Sablan, Dr. Liz Rechebei, Anicia Tomokane; NMI Council for the Humanities, Paz Younis; Senator and Mrs. Paul A. Manglona; Rota Legislative Delegation; 11th Rota Municipal Council; Washington Rep. Pete A. Tenorio; CNMI Council of Arts & Culture director Cecil Celes; Chamorro/Carolinian Language Policy Commission director David Omar, Alijandro Agulto; CNMI Division of Youth Services; Department of Lands & Natural Resources, Resident Director Herman Apatang, James Manglona and Forestry staff; Department of Public Works Resident Director Martin Atalig and staff; Indegenous Affairs Office's Gonzalo Santos; CNMI Traditional Healers, Fermina Blas, Rebecca Norita, Timothy SanNicolas, Juliana Toves, Carmen Toves, Fermina Atalig, Emilio Ayuyu, Donald Mendiola; Amot Natibu Association; Historic Preservation Office-CNMI; Rota Aging Program-Man'amko; Department of Public Safety; Rota Public School System and Eskuelan San Francisco De Borja; Community volunteers Fidel Manglona Jr.; Channel 5; Konferensian Amot Committee Members- Mayor's Office Staff, Dr. Rita Inos, and DCCA staff. (PR)

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