I love how the author and theatre director Caroline Kennedy wrote her travel experiences on her blog anywhereiwander.wordpress.com. Her writings are so descriptive so I would like to quote a few of her descriptions to introduce you to the tribesmen of old, the chief of villages, also called village elders, who are mostly powerful shamans.
This would hopefully give you a clear picture of how they were, and how lives was like back then, up in the mountains.
The chief and his friends were barefooted and attired only in G-strings. And, like all the mountain tribesmen I had seen, he had deformed feet. From a lifetime of gripping the bark of coconut palms and from climbing the almost perpendicular slopes of the Cordillera mountainsides, the soles had spread flat and wide and all the toes turned inwards at a complete right angle. I had noticed several other men with similar deformations but his were quite extraordinary.