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Red Thunderby David Matheson
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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.
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 Schi’tsu’umsh Indians, now called the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in northern Idaho. Through a boy named Sun Bear and his sister, Rainbow Girl, the band’s oral stories are told as it struggles to hold onto what is precious and sacred about life.
"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." - Coeur d'Alene Press
A family struggles to hold onto what is precious and sacred
Steeped in traditional culture and harmony with the natural world, this is the inspirational story of several generations of a band of the Schi'tsu'umsh Indians who lived in a vast region that became eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana. The bands rich oral history from the early 1700s is seen through the eyes of a boy named Sun Bear and his sister, Rainbow Girl, whose family struggles to find peace and hold onto what is precious and sacred. In his award-winning historical novel, David Matheson authentically recreates an all-but-vanished way of life giving readers new understanding and appreciation of the common experiences shared by all peoples - courage, love, family, tragedy, hope, and renewal. In Red Thunder, we discover that we all are more alike than different.
About the Author - David Matheson is a member of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe. His knowledge of ancient teaching provides him with a deep understanding of the ceremonial practices of his people. He lives in northern Idaho.
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.
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