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 […]
When people think about Filipino food it is almost automatically assumed that rice is the staple and the king of all Filipino cuisine is adobo. The variety of food from region to region of the Philippines is quite rich and varied. In Sulu, the Sama and Tausug of course have access to some of the […]
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 […]
There are over 30 children songs that have been written or translated for use in the MTB-MLE program for Sama & Badjao* classrooms in Mindanao. Work is in progress to see all of the songs recorded so that they can be used in classrooms where the teacher does not speak Sinama natively or fluently. Currently […]
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.
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.