The different development paths of indigenous culture/ native culture in the drainage basins of the Red River, Ma River, Ca River, etc converged into the formation of Dong Son Culture. This was the period that the first state in Vietnam was born under the form of a community, primitive tribes developed into a nation therefrom.
I'm writing about Vietnamese culture. I want to convey the meaning the culture of local inhabitants in those areas. But I get confused between the indigenous and native culture as they're a bit similar. Plus, I used the term indigenous culture once and was pointed out that it might cause misleading information. In particular, people might understand it as the culture of people before the colonization by other countries I'm not sure what to use. Please help