By ERWIN CHLANDA
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, adored by national TV audiences, is apparently no longer welcome in her own community of Utopia.
A petition (excerpt pictured above) signed by about sixty people, describing themselves as traditional owners, says she and two relatives are “no longer welcome on our homelands”.
They refer to “recent events” at the “Arlparra Homeland (Monday 30th April)”.
Ms Kunoth-Monks, when offered right of reply by the Alice Springs News Online, declined to comment.
The petition says: “For many years we have expressed our concerns and these concerns are not being respected by the Kunoth-Monks family. Under no circumstances has any one person been nominated to speak for or represent us the Traditional Owners of this area.”
Ms Kunoth-Monks, famed for playing Jedda in the historic movie, appeared prominently in the so-called documentary Utopia by John Pilger, representing a one-eyed account of the community.
Ms Kunoth Monks spoke at last week’s rally in Alice Springs, protesting the possible de-funding of outstations in Western Australia. Her message – lambasting Australia for what she considers to be neglect of Aboriginal people – was similar to her performance at the ABC’s Q&A in October 2011 (pictured flanked by NT Chief Minister Paul Henderson and moderator Tony Jones).