The tribe described in Jack London's short story "The Law of Life" live in harsh, primitive conditions.
They live in an extremely cold, snowy environment. Their only source of heat is wood fires, and their only transportation is by dog sled. They obtain their food by fishing for salmon and by hunting for caribou and moose. Their lodges, or tents, are made of moose skins.
Old Koskoosh, the protagonist, remembers a time that a missionary came with "talk-books" and medicines. This seems to indicate that books and medicines were generally unknown to his tribe.