H. Arlo Nimmo

Cultural anthropologist

Magosaha: An Ethnography of the Tawi-Tawi Sama Dilaut

Magosaha: An Ethnography of the Tawi-Tawi Sama Dilaut. 2001. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press.

MagosahaMagosaha is a description of the Sama Dilaut traditional culture Nimmo encountered when he began his research in the 1960s. Topics covered include material culture, economics, social organization, religion and arts. A final chapter discusses the changes that have occurred since Nimmo began his research. The boat-dwelling culture described in this book no longer exists in the Philippines; consequently, this book documents a bygone chapter in Philippine history and ethnography.

ISBN: 9715503691, 261 pages, 59 photos, 4 maps, 10 tables, 10 drawings, appendix, bibliography, index.

Winner of 2002 Social Science Gintong Aklat Award for Excellence by the Book Development Association of the Philippines.

“This is a wonderful book, a comprehensive and well-written ethnographic account that records for future generations the rich cultural and material practices of a people whose culture is no longer with us due to rapid changes brought to the Philippines by global processes from colonial times to present.”  The Journal of Asian Studies

“H. Arlo Nimmo has produced another invaluable book for all readers interested in Philippine culture and the ethnic traditions of the southern Philippines.   He writes extremely well with an engaging style that helps the reader move comfortably through a great deal of complex scholarly information.  He has a sensitive eye for detail yet never loses sight of the wider context of his subject matter.  He is clearly a man who can write both from the heart and with the highly trained mind of a social scientist.”   Philippine Studies

Magosaha . . . is a well-written and comprehensive account of the Sama Dilaut’s history and culture [and] represents not only a valuable contribution to existing scholarship on the Sama Dilaut, but also a precious record of a way of life that is now virtually extinct.”  Pilipinas

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