Or at least that’s been our culture in the past (some of it still remains)
for example, years ago it was vital that you alerted people of your coming with a ‘yoohooo’ or a ‘howdo’ or something else to give folks proper warning. Since the mountains are so vast and tricky – and since people lived scattered across the ridges and the ‘hollers’ of those mountains, it was difficult to see if someone was coming – and sneaking up on a mountain man or woman wasn’t a smart idea 😉
Even though people in Appalachia live much closer nowadays and there’s less ‘fear’ and ‘suspicion’ I still grew up with the habit of ‘yoohoo-ing’ when I’d enter a house. Did you?
Any time I’d enter my Granny’s house, I’d knock first, open the door, and call ‘Yoohoo’ to make my presence known. Then, without fail, she’d call back a responding ‘yoohoo’. IT’s a great memory of mine. It’s also a practice with a detailed history I didn’t know existed until I was older.
I’m so glad that nowadays the ‘yoohoo’ is a simple greeting more than a way to ward off a shotgun welcome. 🙂