How many of us educated elites who go on and on about our respect for traditional medicines, keep a stock of it on hand in the house for when we get sick? How many of those on this board rush to the pharmacy instead of consulting the savemen back home? Often there's a strong sense of hypocrisy amongst educated Papua New Guineans when speaking of custom and traditions, since it is the educated Papua New Guineans who are by and large the biggest violators of custom and tradition, and whose very rejection of custom and tradition causes those back in the village to lose traditional knowledge that can never be brought back once it's lost.
Don't get your heads too much in the clouds, wantoks. The decisions on traditional knowledge should foremost be made by those who hold it and use it - in other words, our folks back home in the village. Decisions on the use of this traditional knowledge should be be made by those Papua New Guineans who will get some kind of benefit by exploiting it. Why? Because obviously, there are some "special interests" operating!!!!!!