Relatively large, Arbore is far more rustic and unaffected than many similarly size towns in south Omo. They are common with their linguistically and culturally affiliated Tsemai neighbors. The Arbore migrated to their present homeland from Konso perhaps two centuries ago.
Because they have ancestral and cultural links to Konso and the pastoralists of the surrounding lowlands, the Arbore traditionally played an important role as middlemen in trade between the Omo River and the Konso Highlands. The town of Arbore lies in an area where several tribal boundaries coverage. And because the Arbore people routinely intermarry with other ethnic groups. It is also inhabited a substantial number of Hamer and even Borena women – adding a cosmopolitan feel to the worthwhile Saturday market.