Dominican Cultural Items & Musical Instruments

Music Instruments -are unique musical instruments that represent the Caribbean rhythm, soul. and the Caribbean mix culture of the people (Tainos, Europeans and Africans) They are the key sound of our Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, Son and many other dances and rhythms.

Wooden Carvings * Mininas” - are hand carved art pieces made of Mahagony and painted with bright colors representing the cultural diversity of the Dominican people (Indigenous, African, & European). It is said that the word “Mininas” refers to the term used by Spaniards during the colonialization period for the “small people” who took care of their children or their “Nanies”. These pieces are made by local craftsmen and their families.

Wooden Masks are Afro-Haitian in origins are hand carved and displayed in many homes. It represent their cultural roots and traditions.

Dominican “Diablos Cojuelos” Carnival Masks are handmade of paper-mache, they are coloful, and are use for carnivals throughout the country, representing traditional characters of the Dominican folklore. The “uglier” they are, the more “beautiful” they are. The artists take in pride in their creations

Ceramic Dolls – Hand made and painted “faceless dolls” famous in the Dominican Republic

Haitian Folk Art Paintings - Handpainted oil and acrilic painted by local artists representing the culture and traditions of the Haitian culture


Large Minina

Wood Carvings - Mininas

The Tambora (drum) and Bongos are used in Merengue and Salsa Music

"Jututo" a Bamboo wind instrument played for Gaga Festivals

Las Palomas

The Güira is a key instrument in the Dominican music

Dominican Drums – Great for Children
and display/decoration

Hand Painted and Carved Maracas

Pilons are used in the Caribbean Islands and come from the African culture. They are used in kitchens to prepare mashed spices and foods. Dominican pilons are made of a special hard wood called “Guayacan”

Medium Pilons #10

Wide Mouth Pilon # 12
Excellent for “Mofungo”

Large Pilon # 14

Medium Pilones # 10

Small Pilon # 8