Red Thunder
Red Thunder

Author - David Matheson

Red Thunder is a memoir of a People. The story draws from the oral history of the Schi-tsu-umsh Indians, now called the Coeur d'Alene Tribe in Northern Idaho. This unique portrayal of pre-European Native Americans is an authentic work displaying the rich cultural teachings behind Native American life. Red Thunder is not only about courage, love and family, but about tragedy, hope and renewal as well. Here the oral history traditions of the ancestors are written down with the power of heart and soul. Readers of this century will discover a deep, timely relevance that will bring peace, harmony and understanding to their own daily lives. Red Thunder is a phenomena rarely seen in nature. It is a red flash in the sky at night, evening, or early morning before it is fully light. In our native language, the word 'red thunder' also may apply to the accompanying and expected lightning. Further, the four thunders are known as ancient and holy beings of nature possessing great powers and certain qualities and attributes, lightning being one of them. Therefore, this red flash is termed for the power or being actually behind it, the Red Thunder, kewl (red) stalonem (thunder) in our language. The Thunders may be called upon in certain ways and their presence may be interpreted depending upon the situation and whatever ceremonial prayer requests have been offered. It is a sacred sign.

Red Thunder was a Foreword Magazine award finalist for the book of the year and historical fiction finalist and the Independent Publisher finalist for multi-cultural fiction.

"Using an oral history about the life of legendary 'prophet chief' Circling Raven, as well as the stories still told by elderly Coeur d'Alene (or Schi-tsu-umsh) Indians, author and tribal member David Matheson reconstructs the world of an Idaho Native American family in the early 1700s."
    --Publishers Weekly

"I recommend Red Thunder to all Native Americans as a book which will help them to connect with our past and to all non-Indians as a book which will help them to better understand our history, culture, and sacred traditions."
    --Ernest Stensgar, former Tribal Chairman, Coeur d' Alene Tribe

"Reading Red Thunder filled me with remembrances of a life long ago that our grandparents lived. This is what they lived, a humble, respectful existence in life's cycles, and life's realities. The story itself served me well to remember what is important even now in modern times, and that is: things that hold us together, family, traditions, sacredness, and ultimately, love."
    --Velma Wallis, author of Two Old Women

"Red Thunder is a story of belonging with and to Earth, Tribe, Spirit a belonging missing from many lives today."
    --Christina Crawford, Author of Mommie Dearest

"Dave Matheson s first novel is an impressive accomplishment."
    --Janet Campbell Hale, Coeur d Alene Tribal Member, Author of Bloodlines: Odyssey of a Native Daughter

"... in this story of the tribe before white contact there are many rewards and also lessons that may be even more important today than they were 300 years ago when the story takes place."
    --Coeur d'Alene Press

"Red Thunder has the rhythm of an Elder telling a story. It rings true and will touch the heart of anyone who reads it. This is a triumphant work, singing out in a clear voice, bringing to us a tiny flash of the red thunder."
    --Tacoma Reporter

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Category: Native American Suggested Price: 17.95 Release Date: 11/19/2010 ISBN: 978-1-935347-09-5 Product Type: Paperback # Pages: 280