This museum opened in 1973, one of the richest and most interesting in the country, presents a very complete panorama of Dominican culture, from prehistory to today. An important part of the exhibition rooms is devoted to the indigenous populations of the island, especially the Taino, present at the arrival of the Spanish. Large models reconstruct scenes of domestic life, hunting, fishing, as well as Indian villages. Religious rites are illustrated by numerous ceremonial objects and amulets. A beautiful collection of taïno art is presented: ceramics, ballot boxes, trigonolithes and cemis, vomitives spatulas, ceremonial seats (duho). An important section is devoted to the period of Conquest. The history of slavery is traced through objects and engravings illustrating the living conditions of Africans, whose contribution to Dominican culture is highlighted. As for religious syncretism and the various modern Dominican rituals, a special place is given to them, as well as to carnival (magnificent collection of traditional masks and costumes).
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