The Sinama Sea: Navigating Sama Dilaut Sea Space through Orature
MARIA NATIVIDAD I. KARAAN
Archipelagic geography blurs the land / sea binary and thus calls for a turn to the sea that reconsiders the concept of dwelling. Inhabiting the islands and seas of Tawi-Tawi, the Sama Dilaut challenge the dominance of the terratorial—terrestrial and territorial—by revealing the possibility of inhabitancy without territoriality through their lifeways in the littorals. This essay seeks to redefine dwelling and seaspace through a method of Navigation, which examines how the Sama Dilaut traverse their seascape, and through a tropographical and philological interrogation of their orature.
Keywords: Sama Dilaut, Tropography, Philology, Dwelling, Seaspace, Navigation
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