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COURTESY KANI BLACKWELL Abriel Johnny-Rodriguez, who is affiliated with the Cowichan and Tlingit tribes, has recently moved from Oahu to Washington state where she has been accepted to law school at the University of Washington. She will be the head woman dancer at the Kauai Powwow. The red dots on her face are ceremonial face painting to match her regalia, which she made by hand. The two feathers she wears means she's married. The colors of her dress are traditional Alaska colors (red, black and white), from where her mother's family hails.
COURTESY KANI BLACKWELL Hugh "Buttons" Lowery is a Hawaii island resident who is of Hawaiian and Cherokee descent. His wolf regalia is symbolic of his clan, Ani'Wah'Ya, the Wolf Clan, which is active in North Carolina.