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 passed away suddenly on January 10th 2023.
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 Red Thunder
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.