Canadian Music Festival Bans Native American Headresses
Native American headdresses have become one of the more troubling fashion trends recently, but it looks like one Canadian fest is trying to put a stop to it. Canada’s EDM festival Bass Coast has banned attendees from wearing the accessory. In a statement, they said, “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 feel our policy aligns with [aboriginal peoples'] views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.” Both Pharrell and Wayne Coyne have come under fire for this kind of cultural appropriation, which has become a fad among the Instagram-chic crowd, who coincidentally are mostly the people attending EDM festivals. Security guards will be enforcing the ban. This year’s Bass Coast takes place from 8/1 through 8/4.