On Chakotay's first posting, his ship was sent to make first contact with them. He studied up on all the information they had on the Tarkannans, and pestered the captain to let him be on the diplomatic team. When he finally came face-to-face with their delegation, he very proudly made the traditional gesture for "hello", not realizing that males and females of their race used different styles of movement. He later found out that he had actually propositioned the ambassador. According to Chakotay, the entire fiasco, he almost got himself shipped back to the Starfleet Academy for remedial training.