Chief Taga Day Festival

On Oct. 1-6, 2019, The Marianas will host the 2nd Chief Taga Day Festival, honoring one of its most legendary figures, the indigenous Chamorro chief Taga.

“Gineptin Ha‘anen Taga’” (Chief Taga Day Festival) will be held on the island of Tinian, recorded as the place where Taga last lived and was buried.  Tinian is also home to the House of Taga, a landmark on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and the site of the largest standing limestone latte stones in The Marianas.  Latte stones served as support pillars for ancient Chamorro structures.

The event is sponsored in part by the Marianas Visitors Authority, partnering with the Tinian Mayor’s Office and Tinian Municipal Council to bring the story of Taga to life for visitors and residents.”

Chief Taga is one of the most recognizable figures in Marianas history and mythology.  In Spanish written records, Taga was recorded as aiding shipwrecked sailors off the reef near Tinian in the 1600s.  In Chamorro mythology, Taga was known to possess superhuman strength, uprooting a coconut tree as a young child to catch a coconut crab and leaping from Rota to Tinian.

The festival will be held at Tinian in the main village of San Jose.  Accommodations are available at the Tinian Ocean View Hotel, Fleming Hotel, Lorilynn’s Hotel, Tinian Street Motel,_Green Field Lion House, the newly opened Marpo Valley Inn and The Cabin.   Camping is also allowed at Kammer Beach, where bathrooms, outdoor showers, barbecue pits, and pavilions are also available for use.  Activities include lectures, storytelling, and cultural demonstrations are planned for the week.

For more information, contact Chief Taga Day Festival Committee Chairman Joseph San Nicolas of the Tinian Mayor’s Office at 1.670.433.1802 or email.joesntiq@gmail.com, the 17th Municipal Council at 1.670.433.3470, or  MVA Field Office Supervisor Vida Borja at vborja@mymarianas.com or 1.670.433.9365, or visit www.facebook.com/mymarianas.

Rota Coconut Festival

Rota, renowned among the islands of The Marianas for its untouched nature beauty and warm island hospitality, is gearing up to welcome visitors for the 5th Rota Coconut Festival on Sept. 13-14, 2019.

The Marianas Visitors Authority (MVA) is excited to partner again this year with the Rota Mayor’s Office on the exciting Rota Coconut Festival, which will provide visitors a truly unique and friendly experience on the beautiful island of Rota.  Rota is renowned for its unspoiled natural environment, so it is a more than fitting venue for this celebratory tribute to the staple of Pacific island living – the coconut tree.

The event will feature educational displays and demonstrations related to the coconut, entertainment, games, a Coconut Scavenger Hunt, and a variety of live cooking competitions on site such as the “manha titiyas” (tortillas made with young coconut), “ahu” (soup made with young coconut), coconut candy,  and “bunelos manha” (doughnuts made with young coconut).

Additional details will be announced shortly.  For more information, contact the Rota Mayor’s Office at 1.670.532.9451 or Field Supervisor Sandra Atalig of the MVA at 1.670.532.0327 or satalig@mymarianas.com or visit www.facebook.com/mymarianas.

Simånan Åmut Natibu/ Sumwóólal Sáfeyal Falúw/Native Medicinal Week – Åmut Demonstrations & Tasting 2

As part of the Indigenous Affairs Office’s long-term commitment to assist Inetnun Åmut yan Kutturan Natibu/Mwiischil Safey me Kkoor Aramasal Faluw, a CNMI-wide non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the practice of traditional healing arts, a series of Åmut Demonstrations are being held throughout September.

Åmut is the Chamorro word for medicine. These Åmut 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 future generations.

Key dates are as follows:

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.

Simånan Åmut Natibu/ Sumwóólal Sáfeyal Falúw/Native Medicinal Week – Åmut Demonstrations & Tasting 1B

As part of the Indigenous Affairs Office’s long-term commitment to assist Inetnun Åmut yan Kutturan Natibu/Mwiischil Safey me Kkoor Aramasal Faluw, a CNMI-wide non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the practice of traditional healing arts, a series of Åmut Demonstrations are being held throughout September.

Åmut is the Chamorro word for medicine. These Åmut 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 future generations.

Key dates are as follows:

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.