Storytelling with Art: Dominican Faceless Dolls

Salem Maritime National Historic Site partnered with North Shore Community Development Coalition (North Shore CDC) to co-create Dominican Faceless Dolls. The exhibit shares Salem stories of migration and Caribbean culture with artwork by residents of the Point neighborhood (also known as El Punto).

For almost 400 years, Salem has connected with Caribbean people, trade goods, ideas, and cultures. These and other global connections continue to shape landscape, community, and culture in Salem. Dominican Faceless Dolls invites us to explore these connections, practice storytelling through art, and consider the power of our intersecting identities.

Illustration of a faceless doll wearing hat and dress, holding fruits and vegetables.

Muñecas Limé: Dominican Faceless Dolls

Discover the origin of Dominican faceless dolls.

Black and white drawing of a bustling harbor with buildings lining the harbor and docked ships.

El Punto: The Point Neighborhood

Explore the community and how it has changed over time.

Three paper faceless dolls with black hair, colorful hats, and patterned dresses.

Make a Faceless Doll

Get inspired, gather your supplies, and follow along with us as we show you how to create your very own faceless doll!

A person colors a sheet of paper with purple, red, pink, and green markers.

Color a Faceless Doll

Gather your favorite coloring implements and print out a Dominican Faceless Doll coloring sheet!

Last updated: June 21, 2022

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