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"The River Tribe will not challenge today."
River Tribe Elder to Zuri[src]

The River Tribe is a Wakandan tribe.


The River Tribe was one of the five tribes which fought against one another following the fall of the Vibranium meteorite in what became Wakanda. When Bashenga, the first Black Panther, put an end to the conflict, the River Tribe agreed to pledge fealty to the Golden Tribe.

The River Tribe attended the Incoronation of T'Challa. The River Tribe, much like almost all the other tribes, chose not to challenge T'Challa for the throne. They then watched as T'Challa dueled against and defeated the Jabari Tribe leader M'Baku and cheered upon T'Challa's victory.

When Erik Killmonger arrived in Wakanda and claimed the throne, he taunted T'Challa so that the King would ask his real name. T'Challa refused, and it was the River Tribe Elder who asked Killmonger, who revealed to be N'Jadaka, a member of the Golden Tribe. The River Tribe then watched the duel between T'Challa and N'Jadaka and was forced to pledge fealty to the new King N'Jadaka.[1]

Cultural Traits

Like all the other tribes, except the Jabari Tribe, the River Tribe reveres the Panther Goddess Bast. Members of the River Tribe traditionally wear green clothes. Additionally, male individuals can wear a lip plate, a disc inserted in a hole pierced in the enlarged bottom lip.


  • The River Tribe's traditional color is green, with river and shell-based textures on the fabric of their habits.[2]
  • The River Tribe wear crocodile skins and leather.
  • The River tribe has influences loosely based on the Suri and Mursi Tribes of Ethiopia.


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