The Suri Tribe is semi-nomadic cattle herders and lives on the west side of the Omo River in the southwestern part of Ethiopia. This area is still much undeveloped, only unpaved roads lead to the heart of the Suri settlements: Kibish. The Suri culture demands that the men are trained as warriors as well as cattle herders. Stick-fighting events like the 'Zegine' (or 'Saginay', also commonly known as Donga, the Amharic name for the stick fights) take place to train boys and young men and also to allow them to meet women. This area is still quite untouched, and there are plenty of opportunities to see and experience the traditional life of the Suri tribe. If you are lucky you can see scarification, blood drinking ceremonies and other traditional rituals of the Suri people. The Suri are very much like the Mursi tribe and practice the same traditions. The women wear lip plates that are made out of clay. The men in the tribe fight with sticks called Dongas. Both the men and women scar their bodies. If you see a Suri man with a scar, it usually means that he has killed a member of a rival tribe. Lip plates are a strong part of the Surma culture. At the point of puberty most women have their bottom teeth removed in order to get their lower lip pierced. Once the lip is pierced, it's then stretched and a lip plate is then placed in the hole of the piercing. Having a lip plate is a sign of beauty and the bigger the plate, the more cattle the women are worth. This is important when the women are ready to get married.
Southwest via Welkite in to Jimma "Oromo Tribe" ethnic group found in Ethiopia, in northern Kenya, and to a lesser extent in parts of Somalia... O/n Jimma
Southwest via Shishinda in to Mizan Teferi for walking town tour of "Bench Maji Zone" while driver process permits for Kibish. O/n Mizan Teferi
Southwest 200km via Aman, Bebeka in to Dima "Agnuak Tribe" are a river people whose villages are scattered along the banks and rivers of southeastern Sudan and western Ethiopia, in the Gambela Region, via Akabu River southeast via Tulgit Village "Suri Tribe" to Kibish River. O/n Kibish, Camping http://www.mursi.org/neighbours/suri-chai
Explore Kibish Villagers of Suri Tribe, Ceremonies & Cultural-events... According to Suri oral tradition, came to their present territory near Mount Naita about 200 years ago from the banks of the Nile River. The Suri Tribe has a sky god named Tuma. O/n Kibish, Camping
40km to Bashagi Goldmines & visit young Suri extracting gold... O/n Bashagi Goldmines, Camping Piercing and lip plates are a strong part of the Suri culture. At the point of puberty most women have their bottom teeth removed in order to get their lower lip pierced. Once the lip is pierced, it's then stretched and a lip plate is then placed in the hole of the piercing.
Reggia Village & explore Suri Culture, Ceremonies/Cultural-events & evening dance... To the Suri, the ideal time to stick fight is just after it rains. The fights are held between Suri villages, and the fights begin with 20 to 30 people on each side. Of these 20 to 30 people, all get a chance to fight one on one against someone from the other side. During these fights there are referees present to make sure all rules are being followed. O/n Reggia, Camping
Finalize Suri Tribe Villagers... O/n Regia, Camping
Full day drive northeast in to Mizan Teferi. O/n Mizan Teferi
To Bonga http://www.kafa-biosphere.com/ for guided walking trail/trekking on Kafa Coffee Biosphere Reserve. O/n Bonga, Kafa Coffee Biosphere Reserve
445km via Jimma in to Addis Ababa.