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Maria Mulata | by Smallest Forest
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Maria Mulata

Cartagena's signature bird, the maria mulata. "Mariamulatas, with their piercing songs, announce the arrival of the night". If you change 'mariamuatas' to 'palenqueras', (the city's colourful, Afro-colombian fruit-sellers in flounced skirts, who bawl their wares in loud, emasculating voices, the sentence maes just as much sense.

In this drawing, I have the bird crying the names of fruits, a hybrid of the city's two noisiest denizens.

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Taken on April 19, 2016