The Suri are a traditionally pastoral tribe on the west bank of the Omo River, with a culture centred around cattle. However, in recent times the Suri are relatively settled and also carry out agriculture and cultivation of grains. Cattle bring status to Suri people, and are a direct measure of a person’s wealth. Their tribe’s population is roughly 7,500 in total, with individual villages ranging from 40 to 2,500 people.
Each Suri household is run by a woman, who owns her own field and makes money from selling grains and beer. The Suri men are divided into different age-sets (children, young men, junior elders and senior elders) with each set having specific roles within the community.