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Galu is a starting tribe from Survivor: Samoa.

Galu proved to be the physically stronger tribe, winning eight of the ten tribal challenges against their rival Foa Foa tribe, in part due to Russell Swan's leadership. However, after the merge, tribal conflicts erupted, and Russell Hantz's gameplay emerged, causing its members to be eliminated in an almost consecutive order. Their tribe color is purple.


Brett Clouser
23, Los Angeles, CA
T-Shirt designer
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Dave Ball
38, Los Angeles, CA
Fitness instructor
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Erik Cardona
28, Los Angeles, CA
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John Fincher
25, Santa Monica, CA
Rocket scientist
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Kelly Sharbaugh
25, San Diego, CA
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Laura Morett
39, Salem, OR
Office manager
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Monica Padilla
24, San Diego, CA
Law student
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Russell Swan
42, Glenside, PA
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Shambo Waters
45, Renton, WA
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Yasmin Giles
33, Los Angeles, CA
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Tribe History

On the first day of the competition, the ten members of Galu were instructed to vote (based solely on first impressions) for a leader. They chose Russell Swan, who did not choose wisely in the first Reward Challenge. However, this was merely a speed bump on Galu's road to pre-merge domination, which became clear when the first eight days saw the tribe immune from the first few votes.

Whilst the tribe enjoyed early success, there were clear factions within the group. The girls' alliance of Laura Morett, Monica Padilla, and Kelly Sharbaugh and the men's alliance of Erik Cardona, Russell Swan, Dave Ball, John Fincher, and Brett Clouser left Shambo Waters a sitting duck.

After their first Tribal Council and the elimination of Yasmin on Day 11, Galu remained a force to be reckoned with in terms of challenge performance. However, Russell S. began to show signs of struggling at a Reward Challenge which led to his eventual evacuation. Jeff Probst instructed that the tribe elect a new leader. Erik took this opportunity to bring Shambo into the alliance and make her the leader in order to control her later down the line. Her reign as leader was short-lived and the majority of the time scrutinized as the decisions she wanted were regularly rejected straight away (one incident regarding who would be making decisions at a Reward Challenge).



  • Galu ties with Sook Jai and Zapatera for the longest elimination streak of an original tribe, with seven of its members being eliminated consecutively.
    • Coincidentally, all three tribes were purple.
  • Galu is the fourth starting tribe to secure all but one seat on the jury, following Rotu, Koror, and Timbira.
  • Despite Galu falling apart at the merge, it was voted the sixth best tribe in Survivor history by Survivor Oz.[2]


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Libertad Murlonio Te Tuna Tikiano
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