New book explores Okaloosa County's Creek Indian heritage

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 03:06 PM.

Non-native settlers fought and killed Indians who did not appear on a church roster, which indicated they could assimilate to mainstream religion.

"Creek peoples in this area and south Alabama joined the primitive church for a reason," she said. "They were a Christian people and their spirituality was pure, but they also needed to be protected and they needed to fit in."

One place of worship that offered such protection was the early incarnation of Yellow River Church in Baker, Chessher said.

"Indians established that church (in 1836) as a refuge," he said.

A photocopy of the church’s roster appears in the book.

The book also explores many area families’ histories, Cadenhead said.


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