In terms of spirituality, the ethnic groups remained distinct. Indians followed the nativistic principles of their Great Spirit, and blacks inclined toward a syncretic form of Christianity inherited from the plantations. In general, the blacks never wholly adopted Seminole culture and beliefs, nor were they accepted into Native American society. The Indians did not consider their black allies to be "Seminoles." Black headmen were occasionally admitted into Seminole bands and given busk names, but this was an exception, generally in exchange for valuable services.
Mulroy 20-22, Foster 53-54.
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