Sinama Dictionary App Launched Today on Google Play

We are proud to announce that for the first time, the Central Sinama to English Dictionary is available for download as an app from Google Play. This dictionary has a wealth of information on the Sinama language. Version 1.0 has 13,325 entries in Sinama and 10,455 English reversal entries. The work of compiling this dictionary […]

Langgal Tabawan and Igal Tabawan

Interview with Sir Omarjan Jahuran inside Langgal Tabawan

While Tawi-Tawi is starting to become a place frequented by tourists, Tabawan is a small island in Tawi-Tawi that is off the beaten path.  Here the cultures and traditions of the Sama people have been maintained to a high degree along with their livelihood and autonomy.  Professor Jose S. Buenconsejo goes off the beaten path in […]

Pagtulak Bala’ as Observed in Tabawan

Pagtulak Bala' as Observed in Tabawan

The following video was taken in Laum Tabawan upon the observance of Pagtulak Balaꞌ, a Sama ritual that seeks to cleanse a community of evil spirits during the Islamic month of Sappal. Evil spirits are said to be especially active during the month of Sappal. The tulak bala’ is a call to any evil spirits […]

Tawi-Tawi Book Drive

Give books for The Library Project Tawi-Tawi

An invitation to support literacy and help workers of the provincial government of Tawi-Tawi enhance the literacy center/library through The Library Book Project Tawi-Tawi
C/O Omarjan Jahuran, Babylyn Kano Omar, Shalimar Matba (see poster for phone number)

Ayusan Abalos

“O Babu’, Al’ssin ayusannu. Sali’ ka pinangantin.” “Aho’ sogo’ pagt’kkaku halam ai-ai hailaya itu. Hal abalos ayusanku.” Abalos is the Sinama for food going bad. It can be used idiomatically to describe the effort that this lady in the above conversation took to dress nice for a holiday’s celebration, only to realize the community did […]

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