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. […]
I was privileged to be in attendance at the 1st International Conference on the Sama Dilaut hosted by Mindanao State University Tawi-Tawi. My three days in Tawi-Tawi (December 1-3) were spent surrounded by scholars, political leaders and activists, teachers, school administrators, NGOs, artists, Sama from various linguistic sub-groups including the Sama Dilaut, and a wide […]
past tense: marginalized; past participle: marginalized
treat (a person, group, or concept) as insignificant or peripheral.
The Sama with their co-inhabitants of Rio Hondo are cast out of the city. Out of the way. The rulers of the city indeed find them insignificant. Those of importance are those that provide the Latin origin for this city. The Chabacanos.
UPDATE: PLEASE VISIT THE CONTEST PAGE HERE: http://sinama.org/freediving-2013/ Davao City, Philippines- Sports. Sama are renowned for their freediving. This Kadayawan let’s see how deep the best can go, hopefully setting a Philippines record! The tentative schedule for the event is Thurs. August 15th. With only less than a month to go the Kauman Sama […]
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.