This is the 9th part of the list of 10 tribes in Davao.
Within the Sulu Sea basin alone, the majority of the coastal people belong to he Sama cultural community. The term "Sama" is a derivative of the word "Sama-sama" meaning togetherness.
Sama may be described as a cohesive and peace-loving people.
Each Sama sub-group is identified geographically according to the name of their coastal settlement. These include: Sama Simunul. Sama Balimbing, Sama Tawi-Tawi, Sama Sibutu and Sama Ubian. Each of them have varied ancestral backgrounds, outlooks in life, economic lifeways and types of social upbringing.
The Sama Simunul claims to have descended from a mixture of Arab and native blood. They point to the color of their skin and physical traits as evidence of such descent.
The Sama Tawi-Tawi are said to have come originally from Johore. Their ancestors are believed to have crossed the ocean through small outriggers. Their forefathers were powerful men, having the supernatural power to invite unseen spirits called Jin to do things for them.
The Sama Sibutu claimed to have descended from another makmudin named Mukthar. The descending lineage of Tuan Mukthar considers this Sama group as belonging to the Datu class, Like the Sama Tawi-Tawi, the Sama Sibutu also possess the limuh (knowledge) of jinism or spiritism.
The majority of Sama people in Davoa City are in the coastal barangays from Bunawan to Toril.