The diversity of Nepali life beckoned Barbara to its jungly eastern flanks, starting in Limbu farms in Therathum in 1978 see. She traveled widely following pilgrims to Nepal’s mountainous holy sites, ending with her arrival in the legendary Arun River Valley. Barbara uncovered the life of prominent Nepali women’s activist and remarkable rebel women. Yogmaya Neupane and Durga Devi. Revelations from her decade of research led to the publication of he book, Heir to a Silent Song (2001), the first contemporary documentation of the subject and later Yogamaya and Durga Devi, Revel Women of Nepal (2020).