WE live in a country of 800 different languages and cultures, but they are facing new challenges from outside influences.
Only 50 per cent of our cultures are practiced under the guidance of our elders, especially in the rural areas.
The new generation has focused heavily on Western cultures and lifestyles.
Those Western lifestyles have influenced us in many ways, both good and bad, but most importantly they have helped to erode the cultures that were gifted to us by our ancestors.
The culture and tourism department should hold more awareness programmes to help people understand the importance of indigenous cultures and what we can do as indigenous peoples to save them from extinction.
Frankie Arose Poros, Lae