Flame Tree Arts Festival

The longest running arts and cultural festival in the western Pacific region is set to take place from April 11 through 14, 2019 at Saipan’s Civic Center Beach Park. The entertainment-packed event will feature traditional and contemporary dance, music, and visual arts, traditional canoe exhibits, and the best of local food and drink. Entrance is free! Festival hours are 5pm to 10pm on Thursday, April 11, 5pm to 12pm on Friday, April 12, 10am to 10pm on Saturday, April 13, and 12pm to 8pm on Sunday, April 14

Proclamation of Simånan Åmut Natibu/ Sumwóólal Sáfeyal Falúw/Native Medicinal Week

On behalf of Resident Executive Roman M. Tudela, Jr., the Indigenous Affairs Office cordially invites the public to the signing of “Simånan Åmut Natibu/ Sumwóólal Sáfeyal Falúw/Native Medicinal Week” on September 11, 2018 at 10 am at the Governor’s conference room in Capitol Hill. This proclamation marks the beginning of IAO’s long-term commitment to assist Inetnun Åmut yan Kutturan Natibu/Mwiischil Safey me Kkoor Aramasal Faluw, a CNMI-wide non-profit organization which promotes the cultural practice of traditional medicinal and healing arts. The week of September 16 – 22, 2018 will subsequently be proclaimed Simånan Åmut Natibu/ Sumwóólal Sáfeyal Falúw/Native Medicinal Week.

The community’s presence during this important event is greatly valued and appreciated. Anyone can play a part in helping to revive this disappearing cultural practice. Interested parties can contact IAO at (670) 664-2664 or email kuriogo@gmail.com for further inquiry.

Åmut is the Chamorro word for medicine. As part of the IAO’s long term commitment to supporting Inetnun Åmut yan Kutturan Natibu, a CNMI-wide non-profit organization dedicated to traditional medicinal practices, a series of Åmut Demonstrations are being held throughout the month of September.

These demonstrations provide a rare opportunity for members of the community, of all ages and cultural backgrounds, to engage in the preparation processes and applications of traditional Chamorro and Carolinian medicine. Participants will observe, interact with and learn from some of the foremost practitioners of these healing arts–fading art forms that are highly in need of preservation for our future generations. See an overview of IAO’s scheduled Åmut Demonstrations listed below.

Sept. 8, 12pm – 4pm presented by Inetnun Åmut yan Kutturan Natibu and sponsored by Indigenous Affairs Office. Location of event will be at Civic Center, gi Guma’ Higai known as Seafaring Traditions Program Canoe House

Sept. 18 & 20 – 4pm – 5:30pm presentation and tasting sponsored by Indigenous Affairs Office. Location of event will be at the Indigenous Affairs Office on Capitol Hill

Sept. 22 – 12pm – 4pm presented by Inetnun Åmut yan Kutturan Natibu sponsored by Indigenous Affairs Office. Location will be at the Indigenous Affairs Office on Capitol Hill