“Las Capitanas”


This is an honoring of our families, friends and womanhood. Three stories highlighting the generations of leadership by existence, journeys and actions. If it is folklore to be said, “it’s a man’s world”, then how did the other half of the species fit into the equalization equation? In the most democratic country in the world today, in the year 2021, there is still evidence of inequality BUT that’s the challenge! It always has been…

Created and exhibition for for Sol Collective’s annual event “Souls of the City” located in Old Sacramento for Dia De La Muertos celebration in 2020 (mannequin donated from Anna Sierra of WOW). 

STORY 1 (womanhood)

Not to be identified as one but ‘the challenge’ that has been met and achieved for centuries and still will continue. If men (in our developing past) are the ones who were to provide then who was left to attend and when the men didn’t return who was left to maintain. Sometimes it wasn’t a responsibility to take away but a choice, 99% the same choice isn’t an option when life’s reflection of tolerance also isn’t the same. Who maintains and who remains. “The heart of a woman is as vast as the sea combined with motherhood, it extends to the stars.”


STORY 2 (our families)

Just generations ago our women ancestors had the challenge in their times. Our grandmothers were spirited with life operating in life with little rights, little formal education and limited opportunities from Mexico to Texas, the year is 1940. Our mothers met ‘the challenge’ as they operated in standard American life facing the same setbacks for advancement, often as head of household. Fighting for rights by just living and doing the same actions has their male counterparts but acknowledged as less. Understood this was how it was to be, approximately 15 years earlier, The United States of America passed the civil rights act, the year is 1978. 


STORY 3 (our friend, Irene)

Today we are also honoring La Capitana, Irene Adame was born and raised in Sacramento, CA.  She completed her journey here on earth on November 6, 2017, at the young age of 59.  She was a very caring, loving, strong and passionate woman.  She became Captain and founder of the traditional Aztec dance group Kalpulli Xihuacoatl in 1996. For over two decades she contributed harmony, culture and community development in Sacramento.  Her legacy lives on through generations of Aztec dancers under her guidance and teachings. Her mission is to provide a safe place for those in need.  She was a wonderful woman, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter,  Yaya to all the children, a true and loyal friend.  Her love is the glue that keeps us together.  Today we honor all Las Capitanas!!