Monday, November 21, 2016

MMM Revealed! Fleas!

Frequent visitors to the Museum will recognize that this happy wedding party is our family of pulgas vestidas, or dressed fleas! It's believed that this Mexican folk art started in convents over 300 years ago! Common people eventually started making their own pulgas vestidas to sell to tourists, but the practice had died out by the mid-1900's.

Fascinated with these fashionable fleas? Head over to Ye Olde Curiosity Shop to learn more fun facts. Older audiences can enjoy this poem about our tiny friends, and everyone can click here to see a flea circus in action!

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