Sangirese people

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Sangirese people
Total population
approx. 600,000 people
Regions with significant populations
North Sulawesi: 449,805
Gorontalo: 7,489
Mindanao: 108,000
Related ethnic groups

Sangirese people are one of the native people to the northern chain of islands of Sulawesi and the southern part of Mindanao. Their native language is Sangirese, while Sasahara language is a secret language spoken among Sangirese sailors or pirates.[2] The Sangirese people are fishermen and nutmeg growers in their home areas and also work as wage labourers in industrial crops enterprises in Bolaang Mongondow Regency and Minahasa Regency.[3]

The Sangirese have traditionally been concentrated in the province of North Sulawesi, Indonesia and Davao Region, Philippines.


  1. ^ Indonesia's Population: Ethnicity and Religion in a Changing Political Landscape. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. 2003. 
  2. ^ John Kleinen & Manon Osseweijer (2010). Pirates, Ports, and Coasts in Asia: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. ISBN 9-8142-7907-2. 
  3. ^ University of British Columbia (1979). Sulawesi Regional Development Study: Final Report, Volumes 1-5. Department of Public Works, Directorate General of Housing, Building, Planning and Urban Development, Directorate of City and Regional Planning. 

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