Jackson Residents Howl for Frontline Workers

The howl is Wyoming speak for thank you. It is the locals' way of connecting and showing support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

by | Apr 22, 2020 | COVID-19, Health, News

What do we do when we hear a howl? According to Lisa Robertson of Howl For Wyoming, we stop and listen. The howl is Wyoming-speak for thank you. In Italy it’s an opera aria; in Spain it’s the banging of pots and pans; in New York City it’s applause. 

These gestures of solidarity and support have grown in popularity as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps people from their friends and neighbors. The songs, applause and howls ring out among empty streets each evening around the globe, and at 8 p.m. in Jackson Hole. 

Listen above for Robertson’s howl.


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About Emily Cohen

Emily has served as executive director of KHOL since June 2019. She has a background in ecological design and urban planning and has worked as a teacher on the US-Mexico border in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, as a policy wonk in Washington, DC and as a land use planner in Wyoming. She is an avid fiddler of Appalachian old-time music and other traditional folk styles.

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