Sharon Creech Interview Transcript
There is a part of the book that is based on a real-life experience, and that is the trip that Salamanca takes from Ohio to Idaho. My family took that trip when I was 12.
How did you come up with the title Walk Two Moons?
I had discovered a fortune cookie message in the bottom of my purse and the message was: “Don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins.” I realized that everything that I was trying to say in this book had to do with that message; that you need to get to know someone well before you form an opinion about them, and in a way, that's what we writers are doing every day with our characters. So I liked the parallel there.
"without apology"--I find that remark unsettling. Substitute "American Indians" with, say, "African Americans." One romantic view of African Americans is the one of happy slaves. Might Creech be unapologetic for holding a romantic view of African Americans as happy slaves?
Comment: I love the idea of a Native-themed book inspired by a fortune cookie. It's not unequivocally wrong, but it's a big clue about the author's mindset.
Reese goes on to list some of the book's problems. It doesn't appear to have any blatant stereotypes, but its view of Indians seems muddled and superficial.
For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Books.