So I'm watching Les Stroud's "Beyond Survival" and hes hanging out with a native tribe in Borneo and I'm being wowed by their primitive weaving and boar trapping and their axes & machetes and their...HOLD ON!
Axes & machetes? WTH? Yep. This tribe is walking barefoot (and Les points out how they have problems getting ring worm from doing so) and they're smoking cigarettes and all I could think is damn! Even these modern day primitive tribesmen won't turn down a good tool that will aid in their survival in the wilderness. They have full access to the modern world if they wanted it, but they choose to live free out there. Admirable.
And they choose to use a modern day axe and machete to hunt and build shelter and process food.
When I first heard "Beyond Survival" it sounded like an oxymoron itself. Yet to survive and to thrive under bad situations are far different. Just an observation really. Far as primitive cultures go, today it seem more a point of view as opposed to culture being really primitive compard to standards by explorers in ages past. For example some people not drinking bottled water is primitive. Others are clearly taken aback with the actual process of killing one's supper as opposed to stopping at the nearest drive-thru. Here in the States, we live in a "modern world", yet somehow think people in villages as you described somehow do not. It's not like they live in a different time period, just lack some of the advancements we have become used to. What if somehow people here in the States were forced to live in a world that didn't have these modern luxuries? In the book "One Second After" an EMP blast put the country back into a less 'advanced' state. Granted that may (or not) be entirerly fiction, yet does illustrate a point. Technology advances, however primitive is a status or percieved one.