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Generally, designing a culture for a book or a game presents you with a choice: either you base it on real-world cultures and likely end up with something that could be described as "Fantasy Bedouin with some Navajo bits tacked on" or you run hog wild and run the risk of overlooking something that, however innocuous, turns out to be vitally important for that type of culture. 

There's another way to handle this dilemma, though. By researching each culture of a given type and taking note of their common characteristics, you can create a plausibly-developed culture that doesn't noticeably take its cues from any real-world counterparts. That would take an enormous amount of effort, though, but luckily for you I've gone ahead and spent the time, bought the books, and pored over the scientific journals so that you don't have to!

How-To: Hill Tribes is a summary of the characteristics that were held in common by people living in the circumpolar region of the world, from Finland to Alaska to Greenland, and includes such information as: 

  • Common agricultural and animal husbandry practices. 
  • The political organization of hill tribes and the structure of their other social relationships. 
  • How hill tribes generally relate to each other and to people of the lowlands. 

    With the information in this book, you'll be on your way to creating your own cultures. 

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