One of my first memories of Effie is searchin' her out in the dress shop [actually a tailor shop called Hiroko's] where she worked in Fairbanks (upstairs on the corner of 2nd, above the current Quest store). She cut me out 2 mitten patterns (men and women's size) -- just like that! As long as I remember Effie's always servin', always doin'; always busy -- something's always in her hands beadwork, hand-sewin', machine-sewin' -- tanning (skinning, butcherin') there's nothing she can't make or do!
Another time, about a dozen years ago, her brother, Frank Folger, gave my 3 girls a ride by boat up to her camp above Rapids. Effie was in the midst of tannin' mooseskin -- an old bull -- still scraping and wringing -- and then we sewed around the edges before smoking it. She was full of stories, just spilling out stories behind the places, stories behind the years, stories behind the Koyukon spirit.Traveling with Effie a journey to be savored and often remembered and looked forward to still..."