Documentary on the endangered art of hollerin', possibly the earliest form of human communications


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/11/06/documentary-on-the-endangered.html


#2

gee, i’m a sixth grade teacher who takes kids out to recess two days a week. i’ve been doing this for 2 decades. i can tell you that the art of hollerin’ is not lost it’s just moved to the playgrounds of our public schools.


#3

You know about silent letters, right?

In Appalachia, the words, “hollow” and “halloa” both have invisible 'R’s.


#4

Little known fact: hollerin’ predates Thanksgiving.


#5

Since there’s so little hollerin’ in that trailer…


#6

Endangered hollerin’? I’m actually okay with that.

And let’s face it - if they were really any good at it, they wouldn’t need the microphones.


#7

I was shouting & a hollerin last night. With the help of whiskey of course.


#8

Wait, so… wait… what? The oldest form of human communication was developed by… white people in the US?


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#10

Hey folks, here’s a link to the full film if you’re interested in watching more. Thanks!

https://vimeo.com/128667339


#11

#Make America Loud Again!


#12

This seems plausible. You can easily trace the development from hollerin’ to Hollerith

and ultimately to hologram


#13

what this thread need is some eefin’ and hambone.


#14

oh what the hell–


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#16

I HAD A REALLY TRENCHANT AND AMUSING COMMENT ABOUT THIS BUT BBS INSISTED THAT IF I WAS GOING TO SHOUT IT NEEDED TO BE LONGER. And somewhat less shouty.


#17

More eefin’ than I need in my day.


#18

I wondered about that phrasing, too. I assume they mean early hominids (in Africa) communicating/coordinating over long distances through loud vocalization even prior to the invention of spoken languages, to which we could probably easily answer “um, duh. How else?”


#19

Look, I personally hold Trump in extreme disdain and plan to vote for Clinton in a couple days here. But how does this image association help anything?

There aren’t enough divisions in our country that you need to lump together and alienate folks because of a shared pastime that’s not highbrow enough for your tastes?


#20

Wat.