Jeju Island

Jeju Island Photo Guidebook

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Sea Women of Jeju Island, South Korea

Sea Women of Jeju Island, South Korea

Sea Women of Jeju Island as told by Shanae Ennis-Melhado
© Shanae Ennis-Melhado 2019

Shanae explains about her brief encounter with the Sea women of Jeju: “I couldn’t help but gaze in awe as I snapped shots of the Haenyeo (Jeju women divers) entering the ocean to harvest their food. This wasn’t the first time that day I had marveled at these women. Prior to their descent, I had watched the women divers sway back and forth with their nets and floats, mimicking the motion of a rocking boat as they sang their jovial labor song, “Ieodo-sana”. It was almost impossible for me to capture this moment on camera, as their contagious movements and merry voices bewitched me. After the group had finished their song, I locked eyes with one of the women and we smiled at each other. The music had briefly connected us, even though we didn’t speak the same language.