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Some Dominican history.

2 Some Dominican history.

Beautiful drawings and political cartoons.

3 Beautiful drawings and political cartoons.

A visual feast.

4 A visual feast.

Telephones, religion, Christmas lights, the solar system, Michelangelo?  Why not.

5 Telephones, religion, Christmas lights, the solar system, Michelangelo? Why not.

A matchbox collection.

6 A matchbox collection.

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There were many colorful kites like this one on the top right.

8 There were many colorful kites like this one on the top right.

A cobweb of crafts and nostalgia

9 A cobweb of crafts and nostalgia

Photos and objects of the native Taino culture

10 Photos and objects of the native Taino culture

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A folk costume in it's dry cleaning bag floats like a ghost in the entrance.

12 A folk costume in it's dry cleaning bag floats like a ghost in the entrance.

I forget what this is but I love it.

13 I forget what this is but I love it.

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On a recent visit to the Dominican Republic, I visited the Museo Folklorico Don Tomas Morel in the city of Santiago. Considered by most to be the father of the modern Carnival, Morel was a tireless promoter and chronicler of the traditions and crafts of this country.

Founded in 1962 by the poet and cultural critic Tomas Morel, it is a jewel box filled to the ceiling with crafts and history tucked away in an old house that is just as colorful on the outside as the inside (I was too excited and forgot to take a picture of the exterior).

All forms of Dominican crafts and festivals are represented, from the native Taino artifacts to modern day carnival mask representing the spiritual and supernatural. There's a bit of Dominican pop culture kitsch as well. It is a giant collage of information presented in a fascinating way.

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