Definition of Tasaday in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtasəˌdā/ Pronunciation: /təˈsädī/

noun (plural same or Tasadays)

A member of a small group of people living on the Philippine island of Mindanao, formerly said to represent a long-isolated Stone Age people discovered only in the 1960s.
Example sentences
  • Cariaga arranges the words to suggest relations between the representation of the Tasadays as ‘primitive’ and the violence of war and colonization in Vietnam and the Philippines.
  • She incorporates words from Woman, Native, Other in order to call the reader's attention to the silencing of the Tasadays, who are reduced to mere objects of the gaze of the ‘civilized.’
  • In August 1986, ABC's 20/20 aired a program, ‘The Tribe that Never Was,’ exposing the fiction of the anthropological documentary about the Tasadays.


Relating to the Tasaday.
Example sentences
  • But isn't this line of thinking like saying that anthropologists should get out of the study of humans because the Piltdown Man and Tasaday hoaxes have occurred?
  • It is both the myth and the shuck-and-jive of the Tasaday controversy, played out on the field of consumption culture.
  • She shifts the focus of the poem back to the Tasaday fraud by introducing a photo caption for ‘Stone Age Cavemen of Mindanao’ which appeared in National Geographic in 1972.


Apparently from Tasaday tau 'person' + sa (expressing location) + dáya 'inland'.

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Syllabification: Ta·sa·day

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