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Old 06-05-2005, 01:50 PM
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The slow death of our cultures and traditions cut deep into a person's identity. Melissa Fairi takes you into the old way of life - and brings you back to present-day problems

SEVENTY-year-old Adam sits cross-legged beside a fire. In his lap lies a kundu drum carved out of special wood with a dried lizardskin covering one end of the wood. Adam taps lightly on the skin and hums one of his old-time favourite songs for the rhythm of the tap. Terry and John, both Adam's grandsons, stop by to see him. John finally gets bored and walks away.

"Terry, kam na yumi go, lusim of lapun long ol yet," John calls.
"Yumi go lukim ol mangi pilai rugby."
"Bai mi kam bihain," Terry replies.
"Mi laik stori wantaim Bubu Adam."
(Terry, leave the old man alone. Lets go and watch the guys play rugby," calls John. I'll come later I want to talk to Bubu Adam.")

This is just one example of how young people have changed since Papua New Guinea got her independence, 27 years ago.

Adam and men like him from his time took pride in their culture and traditions. Life was very different. In some parts of the country boys were raised separately from their mothers and sisters. In the Highlands and some other parts of New Guinea Islands boys went to live with their elders in the men’s house. For example, the Huli men lived apart form their wives and young children because they believed that contact with women impaired their health and lead to premature aging.

A traditionally attired Eastern Highlander....
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