The following note is from Alan James, who’s in East Arnhem Land with the Yunupingu family.
Note that vision of Mr M is now able to be used.
At a meeting with the family of Yothu Yindi’s lead singer Mr Yunupingu Tuesday 5 June, at Gunyangara, NT, convened by his older brother Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM and attended by band member Witiyana Marika and the children and grandchildren of the deceased the following was agreed regarding media protocols :
The family has requested that in line with Yolngu cultural protocols that the first names of the deceased are not to be used until further notice.
Appropriate references are :
– Mr Yunupingu or Dr Yunupingu or Mr M.
– Yunupingu. Also appropriate are ” lead singer of the Yothu Yindi band” and
– “1992 Australian of the Year”.
The family is comfortable with Mr Yunupingu’s image being published in various formats including television, video, print, internet (including facebook).
Thank you for your support and respect for Yolngu culture.