Striking and graceful, Acosia Red Elk leads a resurgence of American Indian jingle dress dancing while healing her body and mind.

 Red Elk’s bloodline can be traced back to Chief Joseph, the revered leader of the Nez Perce people. It was after surrendering to U.S. Army leaders at the 1877 Battle at Bear Paw in northern Montana that Chief Joseph prophetically declared, “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”

“When we go out there and dance, we feel this connection that we’re showcasing our culture and our connection to the earth for the non-natives as well as the natives,” said Red Elk. “I wonder how many Indians are feeling proud to be an Indian when they are watching us.”

“I get into a trance when I’m dancing,” said Red Elk. “It’s the sound of the repetitive drums and the sound of the cones releasing that energy. You get so in the zone that you don’t even know what happened until you’re done. It’s crazy.”

“I teach dancing, and I always tell my kids, ‘Be proud, be proud of who you are..."
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Photo: Christian Heeb

Responses to "20 Striking Pictures of World Champion Jingle Dancer Acosia Red Elk."

  1. RiverGirl says:

    The inner beauty that comes from self respect and self knowledge comes through in these photos. Beautiful!

  2. VitTiger says:

    Truly stunning. It is time for First Nations everywhere to stand up and be counted. Dancing and walking in beauty shows the way. Thank you.

  3. John says:

    So inspiring and truly beautiful Thank you Acosia White Elk (and white wolf)

  4. Anonymous says:

    so beautiful and in tune with nature and one with heavenly father love all the pictures

  5. Unknown says:

    Hy, my name is Annamária Csepeli. Greetings from Hungary! Hoka Hey!!!!!

  6. Unknown says:

    Acosta Red Elk is a beautiful soul...she is loved by our community.

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