Friday 26 December 2014

Music festival bans feathered headdresses “out of respect”

Freya Drohan

Published 29/07/2014 | 13:44

A Canadian music festival has banned attendees from wearing the symbolic head pieces.

Bass Coast festival in British Columbia, which takes place in early August, has forbidden revellers from wearing feathered headdresses out of respect for "the dignity of aboriginal people".

Bass Coast is one of Canada’s most prevalent dance music festivals, and is located in the Nicola Valley which incorporates several native reserves.

The festival’s organisers have released a statement which states,

"We understand why people are attracted to warbonnets. 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."

The ban will be enforced by security guards.

The decision comes after a slew of celebrities donned the headdresses and came under fire, including Pharrell Williams, Poppy Delevingne, Khloe Kardashian and model Alessandra Ambrosio.

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