cover image Red Thunder

Red Thunder

David Matheson. Media Weavers LLC, $16 (316pp) ISBN 978-0-9647212-3-4

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 Schitsu'umsh) Indians, author and tribal member David Matheson reconstructs the world of an Idaho Native American family in the early 1700s. Told in the first person, Red Thunder follows a boy called Sun Bear as he learns the teachings of the tribe lessons in when to wage war, the spiritual connection with the land and the relationship between humans and other animals from his elders. (Feb.)