The culture of women divers in Jeju

Jeju Haenyeo

Jeju Haenyeo motion

Supporting the Sustainability of Jeju Haenyeo
as a Unique Marine Ecology Stewardship

Why are Jeju’s haenyeo (sea women) now gaining global attention?

-Sustainability
-Eco-Feminism and culture
-Endeavor to achieve UNESCO designation as Intangible Cultural Asset

What is Unique to Jeju Haenyeo Culture?

-Culture
-Living & work environment
-History
-Tradition
-Economics

Who are the Haeneyo?

Who are Haenyeo? What are they doing?

Haenyeo are females whose job is to harvest seafood, while controlling breathing without any apparatus. The discovery of knives and arrowheads made from abalones in prehistoric artifacts, provides proof that Haenyeos have a long history. They realized that the sea is a subject to be tendered and preserved, instead of being mass harvested. The knowledge and wisdom they obtained has been passed down to future generations. They accumulated harvesting skills and marine knowledge by adopting to the ocean environment.

Who is Haenyeo? What are they doing?

Haenyeos are females whose job is to harvest seafood, while controlling breathing without any apparatus. The discovery of knives and arrowheads made from abalones in prehistoric artifacts, provides proof that Haenyeos have a long history. They realized that the sea is a subject to be tendered and preserved, instead of being mass harvested. The knowledge and wisdom they obtained has been passed down to future generations. They accumulated harvesting skills and marine knowledge by adopting to the ocean environment.

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