Farley McGill Mowat (1921-2014) Canadian writer, naturalist, conservationist, an environmental advocate was born in Belleville, Ontario. He is internationally acclaimed novelist, the author of many books which have been translated into several languages. Wrote about isolated native populations, such as the Caribou Inuits or about animal life, especially threatened species. His creation includes “Lost in the Barrens”, a winner of Canada’s Governor General’s Award, “The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float”, “People of the Deer”, “The Snow Walker”, “A Whale for the Killing”, “The Passion of Dian Fossy” and etc.

“Never Cry Wolf” is Mowat’s most widely known book, an autobiographical story about the study of Arctic wolves and his solo mission adventures as a biologist in the Keewatin Barren Lands in northern Manitoba. The book is credited with changing the stereotypically negative perception of wolves as vicious killers. Mowat wrote: “We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be the mythological epitome of a savage, ruthless killer.”

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As an actor, Charles Martin Smith played the main role in Never Cry Wolf.  He had been affected by involvement in making that film and decided to adopt another book of Farley Mowat, The Snow Walker, by the man, he once depicted with. He chose “Walk Well, My Brother” the short story. The reason of choosing was the simplicity of the story, putting two different people against the elements of the Northwest Territories. Screenplay contains some elements from “The Blood in their Veins” and other Farley Mowat’s stories. Later Mowat re-released The Snow Walker. An anthology of short stories which included “Walk Well, My Brother” and preface has been featured by Smith.

“Walk Well, My Brother” is about of two different cultures that forcibly come together in order to remain alive in the frozen tundra. The short story illustrates how a person can get to know from another person who is entirely different from them and be changed by their arrogance and making him a good person. With a minimum of dialogue, it also tells us the importance of not being prejudicial toward another people, culture and religion and sends out a major message.

The main protagonist is the Charlie Lavery. He works as a Pilot in the Yukon Territory, when the story starts. He served as a Military bomber pilot during the war and counted on his capability of looking after himself no matter what the circumstances. He is relying on technology. As the author says, “he was very much of the new elite that believed that any challenge could be dealt with by good machines in the hands of skilled men”. Charles wasn’t familiar with the Arctic and the people that lived there. He thought that he did not need this wisdom as long as he had his reliability to machines. It was this ignorance made him feel revulsion them who lived there because he was not acquainted with native’s way of life. When his trustworthy machines were no longer of use, he had no experience to fall back upon and entirely dependent on a first nation woman Konola to whom he felt deep repugnance at first sight. His lack of ability care of himself made him to co-operate and to try to get well this person who was so foreign to him. Charlie behaves toward Konala with constant lack of courtesy over the journey.

The secondary protagonist is Konala. She is very sick with tuberculosis. Her husband sent her to a hospital with Charlie to Yellowknife. As a first nation woman, she shows respect and loyalty him over the story, even when Charlie is mistreating her. As a native person she has huge experience of how to remain alive in the wilderness and like Charlie, she hasn’t had any dependence on technology. Konala values everything Charlie does but he does not appreciate her at all.  He prefer to eat beans from a can instead of taking a nice cooked fish from her in order to demonstrate that he can manage  things on his own. The conflict finds a solution almost at the end of the story when Konala comes to the aid of him, worn out in the fields and he gains her as a friend.

Charlie is angry, thinks only of himself, a resentful individual who is self-absorbed. Furthermore, he is  racist and sexist towards Konala, due to her skin colour, because she is a woman and how she does things differently in order to stay alive  in the outdoor. After the plane crashes he blames her for every single thing that goes not well. He humiliates Konala by calling her ” a bloody albatross around his neck” and “eat it yourself,  you animal” when she offers him a food. Despite he had left her to die she still goes after him throughout the Arctic in order to save him. Charlie gradually starts to show respect this woman and he begins to realize that he was wrong. In the story Charlie is asking himself; “Why had Konola not stayed in the relative safety of the aircraft or else travelled north to seek her own people? What had impelled her… to rescue a man of another race who had abandoned her?” It illustrates how Charles still feels discrimination toward her and reason is her race. He cannot imagine how she would follow a man of “another race”. For Konola it is not as important and that is why she feels bounded to save his life. Charlie is very touched by her kindness. She looked after him and treated him back to health even though she herself wasn’t well. This astonished Charles and altered him from a selfish person to a more caring one. It changed his view of the local people and on how he behaved toward others. At the end of the story, Konola becomes too ill and weak to care for herself. He starts to look after her which give us evidence about his alteration because of their condition and for everything she has done for him.

The turning point of the story happens when they meet the bear, first vicious animal they have faced. Knowing they didn’t work well together earlier and it’s a main test for Charlie to see how he has finally matured enough to respect, to help Konala out.

The main symbol of the short story is Konala’s boots which she was using. Knowing she is reaching her end, Konala gives the boots she has been fine walking in over their journey to Charlie and leaves him with the words “Walk Well, My Brother”. They have bonded with one another like brother and sister.