I had the pleasure of presenting a paper at the 2nd International Conference on Bajau/Sama Diaspora & Maritime Southeast Asian Cultures addressing the language needs of the various Sinama and Bajaw languages. Here is the powerpoint presentation for the paper, Popularizing a Practical Sinama Orthography Based on its Unique Language Features: Download: Popularizing a Practical Sinama […]
A trip to the beach provided the opportunity to learn some of the species of sea urchins. This is less science and more curiosity. 4 to 5 species of sea urchins were found in a small area of ocean near a coral island (kalang). Pictured below are tayum, singaling, mamuhuk, and tehe’-tehe’: Different sources have […]
A Question about South Ubian that Site Visitors Often Ask I have relatives (pamikitan) with their roots originating from South Ubian, an island and also one of the municipalities of Tawi-Tawi. Many of the Sama Ubian with roots from this island have become quite successful, especially in Sabah. I assume that the links and traffic […]
Amelle’ refers to the gathering of many small fishing vessels around a catch of fish as the white-fronted sea eagle (belle’) does. A school of tuna swam into three different permanent fish traps one afternoon, but managed to escape before the local fishermen could close the trap. Mura-murahan pagbalik aku amelle’ aniya’ na patta’ku saga daing sobad mareyom pokot.
More Dreaming of a Program to Provide Sinama Books for Schools Not every one that should be using the Sinama books we are producing will be able to buy them. Maybe the price is still too prohibitive or maybe getting a budget for books in a minority language is something that school administration cannot prioritize. […]