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James Cameron assimilates amongst the Gorgonbula tribe

Titanic director James Cameron will make a documentary on secretive African tribe, the Gorgonbulas, between the filming of Avatar 2 & 3.

While the Gorgonbulas have yet to be exposed on film, M.E. Chamberlain provides a detailed account of the tribe in his text, The Scramble for Africa:

One of the most colourful North African tribes of this time, are the Gorgonbulas, from Ethiopia.

Equipped only with face-paint and spears, the Gorgonbulas would respond to an attack by hiding, usually behind a bush, or some other sun baked vegetation.

Invariably, the rival tribe, or European imperialist armies, would spot the Gorgonbula tribe huddled behind the shrub, and give chase.

Through an unwavering reliance on hiding and running away, the Gorgonbulas flourished during the late 19th century, until, growing in confidence, they ventured too far north, only to be wiped out by Italy’s small soldiers.”

It is thought that Cameron may have drawn inspiration from the Gorgonbulas in his rendering of the peaceful Na’vi people in Avatar.

John Travolta will narrate the documentary.


John Travolta dancing with the Gorgonbulas