We made it. Two days later we arrived at Rafas home. Rafa, the son of a chief (Mamu) let my two friends and I into his territory to work the land and learn about the beautiful culture that he maintains. The culture is virtually untouched by modern (not just Western) ideas, technologies and influences.
Homes are typically made out of Bambu (chopped by hand, measured by eye), palm leaves, string from animal hide, and a level(ish) dirt floor.
The tribes of the Sierra Nevadas have a wonderful fresh water source from the various rivers and streams that carve their way down the mountain from the snow caps above.