Steeped in authentic cultural traditions and spiritual beliefs, this rich and wonderful historical novel follows the times and trials of a family band of the Schiítsuíumsh Indians, now called the Coeur díAlene Tribe in northern Idaho. Through a boy named Sun Bear and his sister, Rainbow Girl, the bandís oral stories are told as it struggles to hold onto what is precious and sacred about life.
This story made me remember what are the important things that even now in modern times hold us together--family, traditions, sacredness, and, ultimately, love.
--Velma Wallis, author of
Reading "Red Thunder" took me back in space and time, to a place and an era when the Tribe was one with the vast,unspoiled area we called home. I recommend this book to all Native Americans as a book that will help them to connect with our past. I recommend it to all non-Indians as a book that will help them to better understand our history, culture, and sacred traditions.
--Ernest Stensgar, former tribal chairman, Coeur d'Alene Tribe
...David Matheson reconstructs the world of an Idaho Native American family in the early 1700s.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Matheson has been a member of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe since his birth in 1951. He has served as a council leader, tribal chairman, and manager of various operations over his career. He is a traditional leader working to retain tribal cultural traditions, the native language, and ceremonial practices. His knowledge of ancient teachings provide him with a deep understanding of the ceremonial practices of native people. He also holds an MBA from the University of Washington. He resides in north Idaho.