Man's celebration of election with hopeful Native dance goes viral

'It really makes me feel as if I’m doing something right.'


This moment of a man celebrating the Biden-Harris election win with a Native dance has gone viral.

And now we know his name. Meet Ashkia Trujillo of New Mexico, who is half Diné and half Pueblo.

“I was taught by so many elders of Ohkay Owingeh. For me, it really gives me a sense of joy and pride and it really makes me feel as if I’m doing something right,” said Trujillo.

Dancing isn’t just something he enjoys, he’s also the group leader for the Serpent Trail Dance Group.

So when he heard the news, he joined the street celebrations the best way he knew how. "It brought a lot of joy and a lot of love to people's hearts," said Trujillo.

The spontaneous moment was captured by photojournalist Sharon Chischilly.

"I feel like it's my job to look for those unique moments, and I definitely thought this was one of them. Just because I didn't really see a lot of Native Americans celebrating that night," said Chischilly.

"It really makes me feel emotional," said Trujillo. "If we could all just heal through dancing, that's all we need."