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Published: 2014/07/25

Bass Coast Music Festival Bans Native American-Style Headdresses

Photo: Dan Ozzi

Bass Coast Music Festival in Canada has banned festivalgoers from wearing feather headdresses to their event. The festival takes place on indigenous land, as the festival noted, and they wish to respect the Native American beliefs and opinions on the subject.

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

Feather headdresses have become more and more popular at festivals around the country, particularly in the EDM world. Artists such as Wayne Coyne and Pharrell Williams have both recently apologized for wearing the war bonnets as a fashion accessory.

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