Hello We Are Sama - Bajau Or They Call Us Badjao, Bajaw, Badjau, Badjaw, Bajo Or Bayao
Our Culture Is Seaborne Lifestyle And Use Small Wooden Sailing Vessels Such As The Perahu
We Sama-Bajau have been Nomadic, seafaring people, living off the sea by trading and subsistence fishing.
We close to the shore by erecting houses on stilts, and travelled using lepa, handmade boats which many lived in.
A few Of My Fellow Sama-Bajau still live traditionally. They live in houseboats Lepa which generally accommodate a single nuclear family usually five people.
We Sama-Bajau traditional songs are handed down orally through generations.
Our songs are usually sung during marriage celebrations kanduli pagkawin, accompanied by dance pang-igal and musical instruments like pulau , gabbang , tagunggo, biula
There are several types of Sama-Bajau traditional songs, they include nasid, bua-bua anak, and tinggayun.
Many identify Sama - Bajau are Muslims. Those who are well versed in religious matters, including the imams religious leaders and other mosque officials are called paki or pakil. The paki preside over all major rites, act as religious counselors, and conduct minor rites of thanksgiving.
We Sama-Bajau people are also well known for weaving and needlework skills.