The Sutakai people were a prehistoric group of Neolithic fishermen and hunter-gatherers of the Yon Islands who spoke the Saalani language. The term typically refers to people speaking dialects of Saalani prior to circa -500 to -200 EA. Following the adoption of antelope pastoralism, their society was shattered by population explosion and civil war, leading to the divergence of several historic Sutakai groups. Sutakai is an autonym meaning "people of the shore". They lived in tents built of animal skins built into drystone masonry-lined shallow pits.