Among mixed bloods, old traditions were often passed down as family quirks and eccentricities. As a kid, you weren’t told this was a Cherokee or other Indian tradition, so you probably just thought it meant your particular family was weird, and possibly doing it to make your life miserable and be un-cool in front of your friends.
Today’s question: Did your family have any beliefs or practices concerning what should be visible or what should not be visible upon entering the doorway of a house? This may have been explained simply as ‘good luck’ or ‘bad luck.’
Give it some thought, and let me know. I may get back to you for details.