La Adelita symbolizes the strong women of the Mexican Revolution and came to refer to all of the women soldaderas who fought alongside their male counterparts. She is the companion of the Revolutionary, ready to take up arms, support her fellow soldiers and fight for her country. She is a symbol of strength and great courage.
Arturo Macias has fashioned an Adelita of corresponding solidity and power. Her body lines are simple, uncarved and unadorned except for a bandolier slung across her shoulder and chest. She is in movement, in full, purposeful stride, and grips a rifle in her hand.
“La Adelita” is also one of Mexico´s most well-known and beloved corridos, and tells the story of a sargeant´s love for a young soldadera who accompanies his regiment and whom he wishes to marry.
As of Nov. 1998, this version of “La Adelita” is in the private collection of Patti & Don McFarland of Brainerd, Minnesota.