“Haenyo – The Indomitable Diving Grandmas of Jeju Island”    They call themselves haenyo (pronounced hen-yuh), which literally means sea women and the whistling sound they made preceding their exit from the depths is called sumbisori. They are representative of a centuries old tradition, one which transformed their island in to a functioning matriarchy but a way of life which today is in danger of disappearing forever.

“Haenyo – The Indomitable Diving Grandmas of Jeju Island” “ They call themselves haenyo (pronounced hen-yuh), which literally means sea women and the whistling sound they made preceding their exit.

korean boatman - 1904. excellent hemp clothes

Korean boatman, 1940 ca. “Korean sailor takes a break from transporting cargo and people, sitting under the shadow from the sail, smoking from his long bamboo pipe. He wears cool hemp clothes.” From the Cornell University Library collection.

Old Photo of Korean woman ca.1904  All images from Cornell University Library

A young ‘kisaeng’ (singing girl) in full Korean traditional dress, ca. A Korean kisaeng is analagous to a Japanese geisha.

vintage everyday: Old Photographs of Life in Korea More Than 100 Years Ago

Two Oriental Women in Washington Society: The wives of the Japanese Minister and the Corean Chargé d'Affaires readily adapt themselves t.

Title: Korea Date Created/Published: [between 1910 and 1920] Medium: 1 photographic print. Summary: Geisha girl of palace. Full lgth., seated, (8 - facing right - right side of face is most visible.)

Kisaeng (also spelled gisaeng ), sometimes called ginyeo (기녀), were female Korean entertainers. Kisaeng are artists who work to entertain .

Portraits have stories: Haenyeo (sea women) is century old culture at the risk of dying out due to modernization. Kim Doo-Soon, 64, wears her diving mask and wetsuit. She is from the fishing village of Hado, Jeju South Korea.

⛵⊱Women ⚓ of salt air⊰⛵ Portraits have stories: Haenyeo (sea women) is century old culture at the risk of dying out due to modernization. Kim Doo-Soon, wears her diving mask and wetsuit. She is from the fishing village of Hado, Jeju South Korea.

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