Vuku​​ (originally David​​), is a tribe from Survivor: David vs. Goliath. Its members are defined as underdogs in life, having to earn their laurels from the bottom up, as opposed to the rival Goliath tribe.

This description thematically reflected on the tribe's overall performance throughout the game, overcoming a numbers disadvantage during the tribe switch and merge phases by capitalizing on the cracks within the Goliath ranks, and opportunely using multiple game advantages. Eventually, the tribe produced the season's Sole Survivor. Their tribe color is orange.

Members

Bi Nguyen
28, Houston, TX
MMA fighter
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Carl Boudreaux
41, Houston, TX
Truck driver
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Christian Hubicki
32, Tallahassee, FL
Robotics scientist
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Davie Rickenbacker
30, Atlanta, GA
Social media manager
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Elizabeth Olson
31, Longview, TX
Kitchen staff
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Gabby Pascuzzi
25, Denver, CO
Technical writer
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Jessica Peet
19, Lakeland, FL
Waitress
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Lyrsa Torres
36, Boston, MA
Airline agent
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Nick Wilson
27, Williamsburg, KY
Public defender
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Pat Cusack
41, Watervliet, NY
Maintenance manager
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 Alec Merlino
    
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 Carl Boudreaux
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 Elizabeth Olson
    
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 Kara Kay
    
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 Natalia Azoqa
    
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Tribe History

As the "David" Tribe

As the castaways entered the barge, it would seem the "David" tribe would struggle going up against the "Goliath" tribe, with most of its members appearing less athletic and physically strong. After learning the theme of the season, the tribes competed in a Reward Challenge where the Goliaths chose Christian Hubicki and Lyrsa Torres to run the challenge for the Davids and Alison Raybould and John Hennigan for the Goliaths. In turn, the Davids chose the obstacle courses both tribes will traverse through. Christian and Lyrsa chose the relatively easier courses for themselves, while assigning the harder ones for Allison and John. In the end, Christian and Lyrsa won for the Davids, earning pre-cut wood to build shelter with.

Tensions ran high early as soon as the tribe hit the beach, with Pat Cusack's bossiness over the construction of the shelter annoyed the tribe while Nick Wilson was caught unabashedly making alliances. The tribe however made amends in the evening.

In the season's first Immunity Challenge on Day 3, the Davids put up a valiant effort against the Goliaths, but was outmatched in the last portion of the challenge which required much physical effort. The Davids however would not make it to Tribal Council as the tribe had a freak accident on their way back to camp. Their speedboat hit rough waters which severely injured Pat's back. Upon seeing that Pat, the burliest man on the tribe, writhing in pain, the medics decided to pull him from the game. Jeff Probst called off the Tribal Council and gave the David tribe their flint. With their strongest member gone, the Davids returned to camp dispirited.

The next few days saw different bonds between the Davids as Christian began bonding with Gabby and Nick, forming the Mason-Dixon alliance with the latter, Lyrsa befriended Elizabeth, and Carl made bonds with Davie, who found a Hidden Immunity Idol. Carl wanted to keep the Davids strong and began targeting Lyrsa, but Elizabeth warned the latter of the plans. The Davids would lose their second Immunity Challenge, and had to go to Tribal Council for real this time. The majority alliance decided to keep to the plan and vote Lyrsa off, but Gabby began to doubt her place in the alliance, especially when Bi and Jessica brushed off her attempts to talk. So, Gabby sided with Lyrsa and Elizabeth, and planned to vote off Jessica instead. As Christian and Nick were the swing votes for both alliances, they debated who they trusted more. In the end, the Mason-Dixon alliance joined the three outsiders in blindsiding Jessica 5-4, taking the other three off their guard.

The results of Jessica's blindside led to Bi targeting Gabby for orchestrating it, but the Davids would not need to worry about another Tribal Council as they won the third Immunity Challenge, along with some comfort items. Unfortunately, this victory came with a cost. During the challenge, Bi sprained her MCL during the rope portion of the challenge, but was cleared by the medical team to continue. However, after much debating, Bi made a public announcement on Day 10 that she was leaving the game, not wanting to risk injuring herself more and putting her athletic career in jeopardy. This left the Davids in a 7-9 disadvantage against the Goliaths.

As the Vuku Tribe

Immediately after Bi's departure, both tribes were swapped with a third tribe, Tiva, being created in the process. Now renamed Vuku, the tribe consisted of former David members Davie and Elizabeth, and former Goliath members Alec, Kara, and Natalia. The 2-3 against the former Davids put them in a tough spot, so they tried forming bonds with some of the Goliaths to see if one would flip. After losing their first Immunity Challenge as a new tribe, the three Goliaths banded together and agreed to vote one of the Davids. However, Davie's attempts to try and protect himself over Elizabeth caused Natalia to grow paranoid and rude to her tribemates, disgusting Alec. At Tribal Council, Alec flipped on his old Goliath alliance and joined the two Davids in blindsiding Natalia 3-1-1. As Natalia stormed off in anger, Carl, who was exiled for not receiving a buff during the tribe switch, joined Vuku as their newest member, giving the Davids a 3-2 advantage over Alec and Kara.

Now on the minority, Kara feared she would be going next, but that never happened as Vuku came in first in the next Reward and Immunity Challenges. Although they would lose the next Reward Challenge, they came in second at the following Immunity Challenge just behind Tiva. On Day 18, Vuku moved to the old Tiva camp for the merge.

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