Did you know there are four types of termite poo?

That a warm paste made from termite mound is used to strengthen a Gurindji baby’s body and spirit?

Or that spinifex (which termites eat) is one of the strongest plants in the world?


Tamarra: A Story of Termites on Gurindji Country is a fascinating, illustrated science book that takes readers inside the life of termites through storytelling from the Gurindji People.

Created as a cross-cultural collaboration between over 30 First Nations and non-Indigenous contributors, the story and artworks explore how termites and their mounds connect different parts of Country, from tiny Gurindji babies and their loving grandmothers, to spiky spinifex plants growing in the hot sun.

Written in traditional Gurindji, Gurindji Kriol and English, Tamarra is a truly original story with beautiful artwork that takes readers on an educational and cultural journey through Gurindji Country.


You can listen to the story narrated in Gurindji and watch some videos about the story here.

You can purchase copies and learn more about the team here.

You can download Teaching Notes here.

You can read more about the project here.

You can listen to Leah Leaman, Felicity Meakins and Gregory Crocetti talking to Philip Adams on Late Night Live (ABC Radio National) here.

Reviews are beginning to appear for the book via: ReadPlus, Books+Publishing…with more to come!