The Drake Tribe was an original tribe on Survivor: Pearl Islands. The tribe was known to prosper early on, garnering several items at the fishing village and winning the first six challenges of the season, until throwing the the fourth Immunity Challenge.


These are the members of the Drake tribe:

  • Burton Roberts, a Marketing Executive from San Francisco, California
  • Christa Hastie, a computer programmer from Los Angeles, California
  • Jon Dalton (infamously known as Johnny Fairplay), an art consultant from Danville, Virginia
  • Rupert Boneham, a troubled teens mentor from Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Sandra Diaz-Twine, an office assistant from Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Trish Dunn, a sales executive from Annapolis, Maryland
  • Shawn Cohen, an advertising sales representative from New York, New York
  • Michelle Tesauro, a student from Pittstown, New Jersey

Tribe History

Upon learning that they will be starting the game with only the clothes on their back (with Shawn wearing an expensive suit), the two rival tribes were given 100 Balboas (roughly $100), and were sent into a local Panamanian village to buy supplies they need for the next 39 days. While Morgan's transactions with locals seemed to be futile due to the language barrier, Sandra made the job easier for her Spanish-speaking ability. Rupert on the other hand noticed that Morgan foolishly left their raft filled with footwear unattended, and decided to steal them (calling it "pirate booty"). As they headed to their separate island camps, Drake made full use of the money, having a full-stock of supplies, while Morgan left the village with almost nothing.

Drake continued to prosper, thanks to Rupert's spear-fishing ability. With this, the Drake tribe seemed to have almost lived in comparative luxury, as compared to Morgan's dire condition. Drake's luck doubled over at challenges, winning the first six challenges of the season. After the first nine days, the rival Morgan tribe immediately dwindled to their last five members.

For this season, winning Reward Challenges will give them the right to steal one item from the opposing tribe's camp and a clue of the whereabouts of a treasure chest buried somewhere on their island camps. Another stipulation is that having to steal one item from the losing tribe's camp. After winning three consecutive Reward Challenges, Drake had pillaged Morgan's two tarps (Day 5), their cooking pot (Day 8) and their lantern (Day 11).

Drake's dominance reached its peak by successfully finding their buried treasure. Though excited at first upon finding their treasure, they felt disappointed when they saw most of the chest's contents (mostly sleeping essentials like blankets and mosquito nets) were molded and foul-smelled. Despite this, they enjoyed of what was left consumable in the chest, such as candies and chocolate.

Despite their dominance, social conflicts in Drake started to pile up:

  • Shawn lost the fishing spear's prongs, in which an angry Rupert eventually found.
  • Jon and Sandra squabbled over work ethic.
  • Shawn and Jon clashed over work ethic.
  • Jon and Sandra annoyed of Shawn's constant complaining.

Despite conquering the game in thirteen days, the tribe already felt the need of eliminating a tribemate. With this, Burton decided to throw the Day 12 Immunity Challenge to eliminate the deemed weaker players, Christa and Trish. Though the idea was given lukewarm responses from the others, they went through the plan (with Burton and Rupert sitting out for the challenge), thus giving Morgan their first victory. But in a twist, Jeff Probst revealed that Morgan won a right to "kidnap" one Drake member through the next Reward challenge, and Morgan quickly selected Rupert, making him to skip Tribal Council and share Immunity with Morgan. With so many alliances in place over at the Drake camp, Jon found himself in the pole position as a possible swing vote. As tribemates individually asked Jon for support, he got drunk with power as well as with the whiskey (his loopy state carried on to Tribal Council, which visibly upset Jeff). In the end, Burton was blindsided by a secret alliance that included his closest ally, Shawn. Burton received five out of seven votes at Tribal Council, making him the first Drake member to be voted out of the game.

The loss of Burton marked the Drakes' subsequent downfall, when they lost the proceeding two challenges (though won another challenge in Day 17), where Michelle and Trish paid the price of these defeats.

Despite the losing streak and the chaos around camp, Rupert found a consolation in a form of a small snake he named "Balboa." He found the snake while trekking one day. Despite trying to nurse the baby reptile, Balboa died overnight much to Rupert's dismay.

When the contestants arrived at what they thought of was a Reward Challenge, they were shocked to see the castaways they had previously voted off return as a "Ghost Tribe", The Outcasts — Nicole, Ryan S., Lillian, Burton, Michelle, and Trish. After a closely-contested challenge between Drake and the Outcasts, the purple tribe had won, thus sending both Morgan and Drake to Tribal Council. After the loss, Jon and Shawn were both on the chopping block. The tribe decided to let the two make their case as to why they should stay. Shawn spoke of trust, while Jon spoke of work ethic. In the end, work ethic proved to be more important as Shawn was voted out, 4-1.

After the Outcasts' Tribal Council, in which Burton was one of the two returning players, Drake welcomed him with open arms and both parties apologized for their past conflicts. On Day 21, Drake tribe finally merged with Morgan, and decided to live at the old Drake camp for the rest of the competition.




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