I’ve just got back from a heartening trip to Wayanad, Kerala where I had been invited to stay with a family in a small farming village (more details of that to come later!)
Part of the family was an auntie called Ammini who helped out with the domestic and agricultural duties. She’s from the Paniya tribe of people inhabiting Wayanad and the surrounding areas. Historically they are forest dwellers whose main livelihood is agriculture.
They are a highly-skilled community of people who have largely managed to preserve their strong connection with the land. A large portion of the community still live a primitive, hunter/gatherer style lifestyle, living in huts deep in Wayanad’s dense forest land.