The Umbala people were an African tribe which lived along the Nile River. They were known by the Jungle Navigation Company as being headhunters due to their practice of collecting the skulls of their enemies. The Umbala were enemies of the Jungle Navigation Company, attacking their boats, skippers and passengers while also being responsible for killing several other settlers and colonists.
The Jungle Cruise
The tribe appears in the Nile River section of the attraction. They are first seen in their tribe as they partake in a ceremonial dance to the sound of drummers playing music. Nearby, a canoe full of skulls can be seen which the skipper states belonged to their last tour.
After passing by this area, three headhunters disguised in leafs attack the boats with their spears only for the skipper to make an escape. Throughout the queue and load-area for the Jungle Cruise and other parts of Adventureland, skulls can be seen mounted which can be presumed to belong to victims of the Umbala.
The headhunters are prominent characters in the mission, "Heads, you lose" in this interactive Pirates of the Caribbean game at the Magic Kingdom. Taking place in the 18th century, the headhunters are shown to have a disdain for pirates considering that they killed several of them and put their skulls on display with a sign reading, "Pirates be warned!". In the game, players act as part of Jack Sparrow's crew to race with Captain Barbossa for the treasure of the pacific, a golden skull under the headhunter's possession.
The Headhunter Tribe makes a cameo in this film, being white men in stereotypical warpaint hired by Frank Wolff as part of his charlatan Jungle Cruise. They use blow-darts to shoot at his passengers for fake thrills in his attraction.
One of the attacking headhunters in the Jungle Cruise shouts out, "I love disco!" during the ambush of the boat.
Despite being identified as headhunters, headhunting is not a practice amongst African tribes.