500 Sails, NMC, IAO, CCVI to develop a maritime training center | Way of life


(NMC) – The CNMI will soon have a Maritime Cultural Training Center or CMTC thanks to a grant from the United States Department of Health and the Administration of Human Services for Native Americans.

The main partners of the CMTC are the Office of Indigenous Affairs at CNMI, which will provide 500 Sails with its shipyard at Lower Base and the Guma Sakman at Oleai, and the Community Development Institute at Northern Marianas College, which will provide a Certificate of Achievement. for the manufacture of traditional canoes. and maintenance trail, and traditional Chamolinian Cultural Village Inc./Canoe Federation sailors who provide educational support in sailing, travel and navigation.

“We are delighted to partner with 500 Sails and other agencies and organizations on this project and look forward to developing maritime training activities and capabilities among our residents,” said NMC President Dr Galvin Deleon Guerrero.

The three-year grant for social and economic development strategies provides program funding for the Taotao TÃ¥si-Maritime Career Pathways project of 500 Sails which will provide new opportunities for vocational training and professional development through learning paths that prepare native job seekers for a successful entry into the maritime professions.

These include: building and maintaining traditional canoes; Sailing and traveling in a traditional canoe; Training, certification and monitoring standards; Passenger vessel not inspected by the operator (6 pack license); 2nd Class Seaman; Title of the merchant marine; Water safety instructor; Lifeguard certification and recertification; and traditional navigation (developed and taught by Carolinian navigators of the Weriyaeng traditional navigation school).

“Taotao TÃ¥si is Chamorro for ‘the people of the ocean’,” said Pete Perez, executive director of 500 Sails. “Our islands were once known for their people who excelled at swimming, canoeing and sailing. It doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to see that a community with a deep and historical affinity with the ocean, which built ingenious sailing canoes and traveled to distant islands using its own navigation system, would have probably continued to thrive on the water today had their maritime practices not been disturbed by colonial rulers. The project aims to re-establish a strong indigenous presence on the water, in maritime professions that naturally suit islanders.

For more information on how you can register for upcoming maritime courses, call (670) 323-7245 or email Ross Manglona, ​​Director of the Cultural Maritime Training Center at [email protected]


Milton S. Rodgers

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