The controversy surrounding headdresses as a fashion accessory has always been a hot topic. Pharrell Williams wore one on the July cover of Elle UK, Khloe Kardashian was spotted wearing one at at a birthday party for her niece North West, and thousands have chosen the Native American headdress as their choice of headwear for music festivals across the world. The headdress is an important symbol in Native American culture, one that recognizes a select few people who have done something special to deserve it. The Native headdress is seen as one of the culture’s highest honours. Many natives never earn the right to wear one, which is why it’s seen as a great offence when non-natives choose to wear headdresses as fashion novelty items.
Just recently, one music festival has taken action on deterring the casual adornment of headdresses. The Bass Coast Festival in British Columbia released a statement to its attendees on Facebook to refrain from wearing the offensive headgear. The reason behind the decision came after Bass Coast management consulted with local First Nations in their province. The festival is being held on indigenous land and the enforcement of a no-headdress policy was put in place to respect the dignity of aboriginal people. See the full statement below:
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.
So, Bass Coast Music Festival Bans headdresses – Do you think other festivals should follow suit?
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