Kauman Sama

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 […]

Video of Sabah, Malaysia 2017

The above video is a collection of timelapses, photos, and video from a trip to Sabah for the 2nd International Conference on Bajau/Sama Diaspora held at the Tun Sakaran Museum in conjunction with the Festival Igal Antarabangsa.

Sunrise Timelapse taken in Sim-Sim, Sandakan, Malaysia.
Speedboat video taken in Semporna going to Bum-Bum island.
Pictures and video from Terusan Baru, Bum-Bum.
Pictures of Semporna from Seafest Hotel.
Pictures and video from the Festival Igal Antarabangsa.
Picture of lepa model from Tun Sakaran Museum.
Sunset Timelapse taken in Terusan Baru.

Ginisan Kaitan (Shark Educational Poster)

Ginisan Kaitan (Shark Educational Poster)

A tarpaulin size poster with approximately 20 color pictures of sharks is cool in any language!  It was quite a bit of time and effort to create it in Sinama.  What’s the purpose? It is another addition to the educational posters that can be downloaded here at Sinama.org.  Education must be both exciting and familiar.  My son […]

Common Reef Fish Sinama, English, & Scientific Name Poster

Common Reef Fish Sinama, English, & Scientific Name Poster

Ask any Filipino to name an indigenous group known for their fishing, there is a good chance they will say the Badjao.  Sama, the group of people from the Sulu archipelago of which the Badjao (Sama Dilaut) are a subgroup, are famed fishermen, boat builders, and ocean travelers.  One challenge that exists for the Filipino education […]

Story Buli’ Kap

Story Buli' Kap

In Buli’ Kap, pū’ iya. Maingga aniya’ saga magkamatay ilu, maī’ pasampay, maī’ na sigām maglahat ma pū’ inān. Sasuku ya saga mbal tinaima’ ma riyata’ ī’ hatina maina’an dahūan ma pū’ inān. Angkanna tuwi’ bang aniya’ a’a allum makapī’ ni sigām, na ya ī’ pinagtabangan e’ sigām kin’llo’ supaya halahuwalam, kinakan ka e’ sigām atawa pinapatay.

Big Book: Po’onan Wanni

Big Book: Po'onan Wanni

Central Sinama Big Book ma Sinama Dilaut dialect. Story pasalan duwa magdanakan ma pal’ngnganan tudju ni iskul. One of the 12 stories created in a Sama writers workshop in Davao City, September, 2015.  Our goal is to make available more beginner and intermediate level reading materials to encourage a love of reading among Sama youth […]

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