Lessons learned about Sama & Badjao Diving Badjao diving has received a lot of attention from several documentaries about the ocean and the Badjao tribe. I’ve met scientists that have come to take data with a focus only on the “Badjao” people. Sadly this overlooks that the Badjao are actually part of a larger group, […]
Shooting Sama Culture Up Close After watching the movie Thy Womb in Gaisano Mall, Davao, a newspaper editor approached my Sama wife asking, “Is that really how it is?” The response was, “Yes, with only a little bit of exaggeration.” Reviews that have called the film more of an ethnography than a drama, ring with […]
The beauty of Thy Womb’s languages will most likely go undetected by its viewers, especially for its international audience. 6 languages are woven into the film quite seamlessly. Tagalog, Sinama (Central), Sinama (Southern), Tausug, Arabic & English. The film very accurately reflects the linguistic diversity found in Tawi-Tawi. The film’s director, Brillante Mendoza, greatly honors the Sama people with this internationally acclaimed artistic masterpiece.
Sama Tale of Arung Jauliha’s craving for the backwards swimming fish Aniya’ duwangan d’nda bay magbagay. Ya ōn saga d’nda itu si Arung Jauliha maka si Arung Meta. Magbeya’-beya’ sigām itu pi’ingga-pi’ingga: Ni kabudbūran, ni kampampang-pampangan, ni kasagbotan, ni katoho’an, ni kabase’an. Mbal magbutas in paglasa sigām. Manjari aniya’ dakayu’ waktu, waktu pagdundang. Sali’ aniya’ […]
Lyrics min Kalangan si Jumadin: Number Ma waktu ka ta’nda’ mataku taluwa’ e’nu pangatayanku aku ainu-inu, bang angay in–love aku Llaw sangom ka ma mataku angay aku makabilahi halam bay ka tilawku iya na makarupang aku, budjang lingkatnu Lomanku amissara, na atilaw ni ka’a bang makajari, niya’ amu’ku ma ka’a Ō budjang buwanin aku number-nu […]
Lyrics min Kalangan si Jumadin (Jumadin Song), P’ddi’ Patulaknu Lyrics Patulaknu waktu kohap tambanannu lasanu ma aku ma’id na ka palawak magtūy bohe’ mataku paluwas bang ai na panungbas masi p’ddi’ sampay llaw pat’ppak Pagdiyakat sinag bulan palangi entomku ma baliyu nangisan si dayang bang bay sadja tal’ngnganku s’llang turulta ka dayang minsan gi’ magbadju […]
Jumadin Lyrics min Kalanganna: Sumilan Magbalik Kasilasa Lyrics Amanis pahāp luwanu ai pakaynu lubaꞌna bang akiyum ngꞌndaꞌ ni aku lingkatna makatangis pangatayanku bang angay ka aminda min lasaku Aku masi ma kaꞌa dayang abimbang luwanu magsahaya saltaꞌ papandang minsan lagiꞌ eꞌku nilasigan apꞌddiꞌ sampay bꞌttnaꞌan mbal palaꞌan Sumilan lagiꞌ masanu pahulug kasilasanu Ō Tuhanku tabangin […]
Famous Sama foods are much different than the foods of other Filipino and Malaysian Ethnic Groups. In our Facebook Album we are continually uploading pictures of the foods that Sama love. You can tell by the multitude of likes and comments they have been getting! Some of the foods featured are: Jā- A rice cookie […]
Lady Monkey is trying to find away to cross the channel between islands. Grandfather Turtle and Grandfather Crocodile reject her initial offer of her parents territory. Eventually Grandfather Crocodile agrees on a payment. Lady Monkey rides on his back to the other side. When it is time to pay, Lady Monkey asks him to bring her closer to the other shore. Without paying Grandfather Crocodile, Lady Buwaya jumps off of his back and tells him that she has tricked him. Later on when Lady Monkey and her friends are collecting food at low tide, they see Grandfather Crocodile, apparently dead. On the way home, Lady Monkey stays behind out of pity for Grandfather Crocodile, who she tricked. She ends up being the one who is tricked. Grandfather Crocodile springs on her and takes his revenge.