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A Music Festival is Banning Native American Headdresses

 
A Music Festival is Banning Native American Headdresses
Posted July 28th, 2014 @ 4:21pm

If you have been to a music festival over the past few years, you have seen all kinds of unique fashion choices.

One festival in Canada is putting a stop to one of those trends.

Bass Coast Festival in Merrit, British Columbia, Canada has banned Native American-style headdresses and war bonnets.

Those headdresses and bonnets have become popular among festival goers, particularly at a large events like Coachella in California.  The photo below is of Victoria's Secret model Alessanda Ambrosio gearing up for Coachella.

The organizers explain their decision in a Facebook post:

"For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.

We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated. 

Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us."

This has become a hot button issue in some circles.  The website Native Appropriations addressed the trend in 2010.  

 

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