Moken

The Moken are an ethnic group that live off the coasts of Thailand and Burma. They are a semi-nomadic group. This means they move from place to place in search of food from the ocean.

The Moken are masters of the ocean! Most communities spend eight months each year on the water. They use simple nets and spears to catch fish. The Moken are also expert divers. They see twice as clearly underwater than the average person, and can stay underwater twice as long.

Most of what the Moken catch they keep for themselves. Sometimes, extra seafood is sold or traded for rice, cooking oil, and nets.

During the four-month long monsoon season, the Moken will set up temporary huts on shore. This time is used to build new boats and repair older ones.