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RED THUNDER
by David Matheson   

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Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Media Weavers, L.L.C. ISBN-10:  0964721201 Type: 
Pages: 

316

Copyright:  Nov 1 2001
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RED THUNDER

RED THUNDER IS A MEMOIR OF A PEOPLE. The story draws from the oral history of the Schee-tus-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 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 story of harmony: man's harmony with the natural world; peace and unity of purpose with a Higher Power; and understanding all of life and oneself in it. It is a story much of the world is ready for, even yearning for, because, it is a story of faith, courage and togetherness. The deep and sincere feelings with which our ancestors conducted their lives, tradition and culture is the story within me crying to be written. The functional aspects of our native ceremonial life can only be truly understood through appreciation of the great degree of kindness, humility and faith with which our ancestors lived their everyday life.
Excerpt
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 "thunder" also may apply to the accompanying and expected lightning. Further, the four thunders are known ancient and holy beings of nature possessing great powers and certain qualitites and attributes, lightning being one of them.

Therefore, this red flash is termed for the power or being actually behind it, the RED THUNDER, kwel (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 cermonial prayer requests had been offered.


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Coeur d'Alene Press
There's is a critical scene near the end of David Matheson's new book RED THUNDER that is so moving it caused this writer to look up from his well-worm copy and shout with tearful joy. We won't reveal the nature of the scene here. Save that as a reward for those who read the book. And in this story of the tribe before white contact there are many such rewards, and also lessons that may be even more important today than they were 300 years ago when the story takes place....what he does share in his book offers perhaps the best opportunity ever to understand the world of the Coeur d'Alenes....it was the best book this writer has read this year, maybe even in many years.

Christina Crawford, author of MOMMIE DEAREST
RED THUNDER is a story of belonging -- with and to the Earth, Tribe, Spirit -- a belonging missing from many lives today. The awakening of this ancient sense of oneness also brings forth a forgotten yearning to believe in what has been lost but may now be reborn in each of us. David Matheson, a mane who walks with agility in two worlds, Indian and Anglo, has created a dramatically powerful and culturally important work to benefit future generations.

Janet Campbell Hale, author of BLOODLINES
"This compelling story of the Schee-tsu-umsh (now knows as Coeur d'Alene) tribal people of long ago is told in simple, dynamic language reminiscent of an oral tradition. The sacred world of the Schee-tsu-umsh as it may have been two hundred years ago, before white contact, is made real through rich detail and convincingly rendered characters. Dave Matheson's first novel is an impressive accomplishment.


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Reader Reviews for "RED THUNDER"

Reviewed by Lindsay Paulson 10/24/2002
I would reccommend this book to anybody. I have never read a book like it... Extremely enjoyable reading!!!!

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