Traditional healers ask Saipan Governor DLG Torres for land allocation

By Lori Lyn Lirio

Some of the medicinal plants presented during the event. Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

AMOT Natibu, a group of people that advocate for traditional healing through herbal and plants, is requesting Gov. Ralph DLG Torres to provide them a piece of land for local medicine garden.

Isidoro Cabrera, the organization’s president, said they will request the government to allot a certain piece of land on Saipan, Tinian and Rota to grow on plants that useful for traditional healing.

“A lot of places are now being destroyed by construction and development and they are damaging our plants. Our intention is to preserve it so that we don’t lose it for the other generation,” Cabrera said.
On Saturday the Indigenous Affairs Office, in partnership with Amot Natibo, made a presentation about medicinal healing at the canoe house at Civic Center in Susupe.

Cabrera said they brought over a hundred of plants that can be used as medicine to different ailments.

“These represent 90 percent of plants on Saipan, Tinian and Rota that have medicinal uses. Some plants are hard to find. We find some of them on Rota, so we asked their help and brought the plants so we could propagate it on Saipan,” Cabrera said.

Three traditional healers – Carmen Taimanao, Rosa Salalila and Donald Mendiola educate the people, who came to the event, about the plants and its medicinal uses.

IAO Resident Executive Roman Tudela Jr. said the event was mostly presentation to familiarize the audience about the plants and its uses.

On Sept. 18, 20 and 22, Tudela said, the traditional healers will teach the people how to make medicine out of plants.

“The next event will be more on hands-on as they will be taught how to prepare medicine out of plants.”
Amot Natibu was established in 2006.

Cabrera said they have 12 active members who are all practicing traditional healing. He said the series of events hosted by IAO will help the organization advanced their goal – preserve and continue the traditional healing practice.

“We want to educate the younger generation so they can carry out the tradition,” Cabrera added.

 

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