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It is known that being involved in traditional arts and social interaction within the communities are possibly the most important aspects and contributions of development – socially, mentally, and economically. A traditional art is characterized by the process of cultural exchange, or the trading of ideas between people, but to our disappointment, it is severely threatened in the CNMI. The way that this type of cultural aspect is shared and transmitted between people faces profound danger, as it is less practiced by our younger generation. The identity of our local people lies heavily in the preservation of our traditional arts bounded to it. The usage of Chamorro and Carolinian traditional arts is increasingly being lost between two generations as the gap widens between the ages, thus reducing critical and valuable lessons embraced by our heritage, culture, and faith. Traditional art is a cultural tool kit that children should possess at an early age and to be strengthened by their surroundings. Only by social interaction and training can this tool kit be filled, especially through exchange and refinement. These ideas are driving elements of development, thus providing opportunities and self-esteem. Traditional arts provide access, an avenue of knowledge, choice, leadership, decision-making, and identity. Preserving it should be echoed globally.

Our plan aims to restore the cultural identity of using the Chamorro and Carolinian traditional arts in the homes, in schools and in the community. “Perpetuating, Preserving and Maintaining our Traditional Arts – Chamorro and Carolinian”, the theme and focal objective of this plan will ensure and encourage the continuation of our people’s identity. This will be accomplished by implementing our strategic plan for FY 2018 – 2021 that summarizes our goals and objectives.

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