Published on December 21st, 2016 | by Alexie Jell0
Honorary Member of Gungganji People
In a singular distinction, James has been made an honorary member of the Gungganji people, an indigenous tribe from the Yarrabah region of Far North Queensland, Australia. In recognition of James’s ability to bring people together with music, King Jabaan of the Gungganji, officially welcomed James as an honorary member of the community after seeking approval and undergoing substantial consultation with the Elders of the tribe.
As part of the moving ceremony, James was given a Gungganji name : BIPPERA – meaning “clap sticks” that are used to make beats for dancing and singing. It is a very rare occurrence that someone from outside the community is officially gifted an assigned tribal name.