David Matheson, author, entrepreneur, and tribal elder, was born on the Coeur d' Alene Indian Reservation in 1951. He is a member of the Schi'tsu'umsh people, now called the Coeur d' Alene Tribe.

He is the author of “Red Thunder,” the acclaimed, award-winning book about the life and values of the Schi'tsu'umsh people in the early 18th century, before European contact.


About the Book



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 story draws from the band's rich oral history from the early 1700s. This rich and intriguing tale relates events as 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.


Dave Matheson’s first novel is an impressive accomplishment.

Red Thunder

It is a red flash in the sky at night, evening, or early morning...

Press Kit

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Adult Reader Guide

RED THUNDER is steeped in Native American history, cultural traditions and customs, and family and relationship values.

Student Reader Guide

RED THUNDER illustrates the importance of passing on family and cultural traditions as well as the life lessons learned...

The Tribe

The original Schi'tsu'umsh (Coeur d'Alene Tribe) homeland spans almost five million acresacres, stretching from Montana...

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We want peace. We want the goodness of life. That is why we are blessed by the Kolunsuten (God).

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