The locals of Cherrapunji are termed as 'Khasi'. The souther slopes and the valleys are occupied by the War Khasis. The ones who stay right adjacent to the Khasi Hills ( Assamese and Bengalis ), call the former communities as Khasia. The Khasis were referred to as Cossiyah and Cassia in their writings.
This is a female-dominated community or tribe (matrilineal). Women are property owners here and men get married to them and move to the bride's home. They have living bridges which are roots of trees developed into bridges.
The festivities here welcome tourists to engage and enjoy. The Nongkrem dance and Shad Suk Mynsiem are famous dance festivals here and they are inspired from gratitude towards God for a good harvest season. The most common dish here is rice and meat or spicy fish and bamboo shoot with pickles.
The Khasis can be segregated into a number of clans. Shi-Kur is the name of the descendants from a particular ancestor. Shi Kpoh is a sub clan. The family is the smaller division of these clans. Individuals within the sub clans and clans come from a common ancestry and are not allowed to marry within Kur and Kpoh.