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.
Praise For Red Thunder…
"[Red Thunder] was the best book this writer has read this year, maybe even in many years." -- Brent Andrews, Coeur d'Alene Press
"Red Thunder is a story of belonging--with and to Earth, Tribe, Spirit--a belonging missing from many lives today. -- Christina Crawford, author of Mommie Dearest
"Reading Red Thunder filled me with rememberances of a life long ago that our grandparents lived. This is what they lived, a humble, respectful existence in life's cycles, and life's realities. The story itself served me well to remember what is important even now in modern times, and that is: things that hold us together--family, traditions, sacredness, and, ultimately, love."
--Velma Wallis, author of Raising Ourselves, Two Old Women and Bird Girl
Epicenter Press (WA), 9781935347095, 278pp.
Publication Date: November 19, 2010