SAMA-BAJAU

The Sama-Bajau are the dominant ethnic group of the islands of Tawi-Tawi in the Philippines. They are also found in other islands of the Sulu Archipelago, coastal areas of Mindanao, in the Malaysian state of Sabah.
Within the last fifty years, many of the Filipino Sama-Bajau have migrated to neighbouring Malaysia and the northern islands of the Philippines, due to the conflict in Mindanao.

As of 2010, they were the second-largest ethnic group in the Malaysian state of Sabah.Sama-Bajau have sometimes been called the "Sea Gypsies" or "Sea Nomads", the Bajau have lived at sea for more than 1,000 years, on small houseboats that float in the waters. Traditionally, they came ashore only to trade for supplies or to shelter from storms.

They collect their food by free diving to depths of more than 230 feet. They have no wet suits or flippers, and use only wooden goggles and spearguns of their own making. Sometimes, they rupture their own eardrums at an early age to make diving easier.

Not all of them dive; some avoid it entirely. But those who do take the skill to an extreme. Each day, they'll spend more than eight hours underwater, capturing between two and 18 pounds of fish and octopuses. The average dive lasts for just half a minute, but the Bajau can hold their breath for far longer.

The Bajau have unusually large spleens-50 percent bigger than those of the Saluan, a neighboring group who barely interact with the sea.

The spleen acts as a warehouse for oxygen-carrying red blood cells. When mammals hold their breath, the spleen contracts, expelling those cells and boosting oxygen levels by up to 10 percent. For that reason, the best competition free divers tend to have the largest spleens, as do the deepest-diving seals.(It's even possible to train your spleen) But Bajau spleens aren't big just because of training. even Bajau villagers who never dive still have disproportionately large spleens.

It's genetic! the Bajau have higher levels of thyroid hormones, and those hormones, in turn, make spleens grow bigger.This might explain why the Bajau have such large spleens, and thus, such extraordinary breath-holding skills.

Bajau people are not registered in any citizens

The sad thing is, Bajau is not recognized in any citizens. Although the Bajau are from the Sulu archipelago which is still part of Philippines territory, the Philippine government itself does not want to recognize them as Filipino citizens. It is the same as in Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.

Their lives keep moving, when they try to pull over to a mainland, usually not long after they will be driven out by the local population. There are at least 10 languages that are owned by some Bajau tribal groups depending on which part of sea area they live the longest.

The Bajau people are really concern to art

Being a wanderer over the sea doesn't mean they don't know art. They even have their own arts that are well known in Indonesian society. The traditional Bajau dances are usually performed when they hold a wedding ceremony. They also have traditional songs that they passed down to the following generations. Although living on a boat, the Bajau also like to play musical instruments. The musical instruments they use are "palau" (a kind of wind instrument), tagunggo and gabbang.

For the Bajau tribe it's all about learning.

From generation to generation, with the ocean and all its treasures as an inexhaustible source of inspiration. The Bajau don't only learn from the sea, but also on the sea!

When a boy is around 8 years old, his father takes him to the open water of the sea for the first time. It is then time for him to get to know the deep waters of the ocean and to learn how to catch fish, with the help of harpoons and other weapons.


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