Souvenirs from Northern Mariana Islands
Visitors to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are delighted with the sunny days, warm waters and beautiful scenery that create memories that last for a lifetime. What better way to commemorate a vacation, than with Mariana Islander souvenirs? Memorabilia stands offer tourists row upon row of fun refrigerator magnets, dangling key chains, vividly printed T-shirts and picture postcards begging to be placed in a novelty frame. Sarongs and shell jewelry are charming ways to decorate yourself on the island, as well as upon your return home. Wishing dolls are tiny figures that you whisper your dreams to, and are charming souvenirs from Northern Mariana Islands for all ages. Coconuts are used to create purses, hats and wallets, as well as tribal masks, or you may wish to purchase a wall decoration made from the shell of the coconut crab. Wood carvings of local gods, animals and people are also unique.
Northern Mariana Islands: History and Politics
The Northern Mariana Islands are a commonwealth of the United States of America, situated between the Philippines and Hawaii. On June 15, 1944, the islands were invaded by the US military, fighting against Japan in World War II. This occasion was marked with the Battle of Saipan, and ended after 29,000 Japanese deaths. The Mariana Islands were of strategic importance to the Allied battle plans in the Pacific and ensured victory. The islands are one of two American commonwealths, given to the US by the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. In the 1970's, the native population was given the option to seek independence, but elected to become a territory in 1972, and a commonwealth in 1975. The Mariana Islands are responsible for their domestic affairs, but military and international issues are handled by the United States. As with the other territories, they have one representative in the US House of Representatives.