The Federation encountered the Tamarians seven times prior to 2368, but were never able to break the language barrier. In that year, Tamarian Captain Dathon beamed himself and Starfleet Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise-D to the surface of planet El-Adrel IV, in hopes that a shared conflict would lead to mutual understanding and friendship. During this encounter, it was determined that the Tamarians communicated exclusively through cultural metaphors. Though Dathon was killed on the planet, the contact marked the opening of communication between the two cultures. (TNG episode: "Darmok")
The progress made in relations with the Tamarians following this breakthrough was considered one of the noteworthy accomplishments of Federation President Jaresh-Inyo and his administration. (ST novel: Articles of the Federation)
- While the Script, Star Trek.com and Memory Alpha use the term "Children of Tama," the SCE story and Articles of the Federation uses "Children of Tamar."