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  1. Tom G. Abenis II
    Tom G. Abenis II December 10, 2015 at 1:24 am |

    I wonder if Ruth’s family name was originally derived from that type of Sama canoe? I would like to see how the tempel, buti, pambot, and papet look like( I wish you can also provide some actual photos from Tawi-Tawi of these boats). Does each type was designed with a specific purpose in mind? What usually kind of tree they were carved out of? Anyway, excellent article. Glad you had the wonderful opportunity to visit that southernmost part of the island.

  2. Richard
    Richard December 10, 2015 at 1:26 am |

    Hi Luke! Thanks for this nice article and for your appreciation of our university and province. Just want to share about our private conversation with 3 sama dilawt participants while the discussion on what should we call them was going on.. According to them, “Pala’u” refers to the nomadic sama dilaut who are living on “lepa”. Apparently, those sama dilauts that i talked with have already abandoned the nomadic life. They said that they (their parents/grandparents) built their first houses (on stilts) in Sibutu after the 2nd world war and haven’t left the place since. The three were all born in Sibutu. One of them is a barangay kagawad (councilor)! Anyway, I asked about what do they want themselves called. They said they prefer “sama dilawt” or just “sama”. It’s also ok for them to be called “Pala’u” if the intention is only to identify them from other tribes, but often times, they said, people (other tribes) call them “Pala’u” to belittle them.

    All the best,



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