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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Atagi si Ma’am Vina Biral amassa min kariki’-diki’na lagi’. Aheya tabang itu ma iya bo’ iya asalamat ma iskul sampay pagheyana makasōd iya ma hinangna, dakayu’ mastal ma Tetuan Central Elementary School.
Central Sinama Audio Children’s Book and Video Testimonial about the benefits of developing a love for reading.
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.