Maureen Jipiyiliya Nampijinpa O’Keefe grew up in the remote community of
Ali Curung in the NT. Her family lived a bush life. They didn’t own
much but her mother had a very special ‘elephant’. It was her mother’s
most prized possession and she gave it tender loving care. When her
mother’s friends were around, they had tea-parties with the elephant.
Often her mother would sleep with it beside her bed.
A story of desert landscapes and bush life deepen the mystery of the elephant,
only revealing subtle clues to its true identity. The reader is beguiled
by the storytelling until the elephant is finally revealed.