A man Jay refers to as, The Old Indian, had a profound influence on his life. When Jay was a young boy, Isadore Ellery took him to work alongside him on ranches from the Canadian border to south of Malta, Montana. He treated Jay as an adult, imparting the wisdom and truths that he had learned in his long lifetime.
In turn, Jay has passed on his own wisdom to the generation who is following him. Stories, explanations, directions and tricks of the trade are freely given to young people who care to listen.