The hero of a fantasy or science fiction story goes to another world and meets a fictional group of semi-nomadic and/or hunter-gatherer people, but, like, maybe not in a transparently racist way.
- They don't need a white hero (or if they're aliens, a human hero) to step in and save them from something they really could have saved themselves from without him.
- They don't have a village with a totem pole and teepees.
- They don't have a witch doctor or fortune teller who curses people.
- The hero can't learn all their ways in a month and somehow become the best at them. The nomads have been doing this stuff their whole lives and have normal human intelligence, therefore they are experts at what they do.
- If they don't read, they must have a sophisticated system for passing on knowledge through apprenticeship, song, oral history or art.
- They're not cannibals.