You will have to follow a couple of guidelines when dealing with any locals you encounter in a survival situation. Your survivor behavior towards these otherwise foreign people should mirror this guide.
Survivor Behavior: Trading
When trading with the locals, do it discreetly through the use of salt, tobacco, silver money, or other similar valuable items. Do not also hesitate to try and use paper currency. Since it pretty much is well-known all throughout the globe.
You would find this practice of barter and trade more common in more primitive societies.
Always regard the local people with respect – do not bully, belittle, or make fun of them. And if you could sense it, never overpay. It might lead to you being embarrassed. In the worst case, you put in danger.
Usually good are the solid coins you might carry. These being for their exchange value. That or their value as trinkets or jewelry.
Matches, cloth, containers which are empty, razors, salt, and or tobacco all may very well be worth more than most forms of money.
Survivor Behavior: Communication
But if you can, try to learn at least a few of the words and phrases of the local tongue. This being around the area where you will operate. Additionally, besides just the added ease, this can be a good means to show respect for their culture.
Also, it is important to know and remember that English is a universal language that you might surprisingly find the locals understand.
Survivor Behavior: Hostility/Dangers
You may occasionally find prohibited areas to cross. Be aware of such religious/sacred to diseased/dangerous areas. You will also have to take the note of the rules of certain locations. For example, you may or may not be able to hunt in specific areas.
It is important to bridge a connection with the locals and observe such as the environment they occupy in so that you can ask for advice on certain matters and or even learn valuable information. These locals could help you distinguish friendlies from potential hostiles. But be mindful also that their hostility to such people could be a matter of cultural reasons. On the other hand, the neighbors of such people will usually be found trustworthy.
If having to live in proximity with the local people, try to build a separate shelter and unassumingly avoid physical contact. This way you can separate yourself from getting any contagious diseases affecting the public. If it is not offensive, prepare your food and drink personally. Locals frequently consider and accept personal or religious customs as explanations for any isolationist behavior on your part.
You should be cautious when touching these foreign people. Some may consider the practice taboo. You may also want to try and avoid any at all sexual contact.
The practice of hospitality may perhaps be a strong cultural trait. This for among certain peoples. Such to the extent that it could harm them. Harm them as they waste to overfeed a stranger like yourself. Do accept what they do offer and share it equally with whomever is present. Eat in the same manner they do. Most important actually, eat everything they offer.
Survivor Behavior: Other Notes
Then we have some other remaining guidelines to abide by. Back up your promises. Respect the privacy of people. Their personal property included. Respect the culture of the people. Duly give in exchange for what you receive. Last but not the least, do not carelessly enter into occupied houses or dwellings.
After reading that, you might be interested in reading “Act like the Natives“.