African Americans kept their traditions in cooking, smithing, woodcarving, storytelling, and gospel singing. Many of the African traditions were kept alive by placing symbols such as the snake in smithed gates and window frames. The carvings were very detailed and had relevance to the woodcarver's family or friends. The songs that were made up in the fields to pass the workday developed into a new type of music, gospel. Gospel music combined the two themes of freedom and salvation.