The Tree that Jaya Grew: Using Tree of Life in the Rural Indian Himalayas

Jaya* was only 9 years old when I met her. She lived across the path from the house where I was staying in a village at the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. The village was quiet most of the time – stumpy mud houses with slate roofs, new pillar box concrete houses painted lollipop colours, bordered by small step farms where wheat, corn and rice were grown in a cycle throughout the year.