11:43 pm - 07/27/2014

Music Festival Bans all Native Headdresses


A popular electronic music festival in B.C. will ban aboriginal headdresses at its upcoming event out of respect for indigenous people, after some concert-goers have recently been seen wearing them in a vain attempt to be hip.

In a statement on its Facebook page, The Bass Coast Project says it won’t allow people to wear the ceremonial head pieces during the festival, which runs from Aug. 1 to 4 in Merritt.

“For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, on-site,” reads the statement.

Bass Coast said its security team will be enforcing the policy.

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

Bass Coast said the festival takes place on indigenous land and organizers respect the dignity of aboriginal people. The music promoters also said they have consulted with aboriginal people in B.C. and “feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject.”
The move follows a statement earlier this month by Canadian aboriginal electronic music trio a Tribe Called Red. Deejay NDN asked non-native people to stop wearing headdresses because “it’s disrespectful and we really don’t appreciate it.”

On Twitter, A Tribe Called Red applauded Bass Coast: “Shout out to @BassCoastProj for taking a stand on the headdress issue! Chi Meegwetch and Nia:we! This is INCREDIBLE!”
Last month, singer Pharrell came under controversy for wearing a native headdress on the cover of Elle UK’s July 2014 edition. He has since apologized.
“I respect and honour every kind of race, background and culture,” Pharrell said, in a statement to Buzzfeed. “I am genuinely sorry.”
Victoria’s Secret has also apologized for using them on their bikini-clad models in a fashion show last fall.
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Source: http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/festival+goers+asked+wear+aboriginal+headdresses+party/10058735/story.html#ixzz38jsF4Bty
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swissbeauty23 28th-Jul-2014 06:46 am (UTC)
vehiclesshockme 28th-Jul-2014 06:46 am (UTC)
I'm actually kind of surprised by this. Good for them!
fauxparadiso 28th-Jul-2014 06:46 am (UTC)
nuclearseasonz 28th-Jul-2014 06:47 am (UTC)
what if someone is actually native american?
fauxparadiso 28th-Jul-2014 06:53 am (UTC)
then they wouldn't be wearing it to a frivolous music festival?
cheekymonkeyboo 30th-Jul-2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
lol right??? yt ppl thinking everyone is just as clueless about what they are doing and what things mean as them..
deathbyrandom 28th-Jul-2014 06:54 am (UTC)
..then they probably wouldn't be wearing their sacred ceremonial garb to a fucking music festival?
evett 28th-Jul-2014 06:58 am (UTC)
why would they wear a war bonnet to a music festival? not only is it something earned so not every native american person can wear one but it is something only worn for certain occasions.
groundcrown 28th-Jul-2014 06:58 am (UTC)
fierceputain 28th-Jul-2014 07:10 am (UTC)
funk2funky 28th-Jul-2014 07:14 am (UTC)
Well if they earned a full headdress and every feather in it....
sixdemonhag 28th-Jul-2014 07:25 am (UTC)
Wouldn't that be like a Catholic wearing a pope hat?
hellicoptajuuce 28th-Jul-2014 08:11 am (UTC)
gurl then all the white girls who are like "i am 1/20th native american" are gunna crawl out and wear it
hollis1975 28th-Jul-2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
then they wouldnt be wearing a war bonnet to a music festival to begin with
britneyspears 28th-Jul-2014 06:47 am (UTC)
“We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent esthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and esthetic significance cannot be separated.”

clock 'em

coachella could never
lyrabjadesss 28th-Jul-2014 07:06 am (UTC)
This was so on point
devourlove 28th-Jul-2014 08:07 am (UTC)
lol bless
warsawed 28th-Jul-2014 01:29 pm (UTC)
i'm amazed
homicidalslayer 28th-Jul-2014 06:47 am (UTC)
In their interview with MTV, they specify that they're only doing it because of the recent venue change, which gives the impression that if their old venue takes them back next year, they'll lift the ban.
reciprocidad 28th-Jul-2014 07:21 am (UTC)
It's a start.
homicidalslayer 28th-Jul-2014 06:48 am (UTC)
Victoria’s Secret has also apologized for using them on their bikini-clad models in a fashion show last fall.

What about the 15 or so consecutive years prior?
iamamerman 28th-Jul-2014 06:50 am (UTC)
yikes @ these people enabling crazy SJWs

lipstiq 28th-Jul-2014 08:07 am (UTC)
fortunatoxlk 28th-Jul-2014 08:22 am (UTC)
sodahands 28th-Jul-2014 06:50 am (UTC)
Whoa Canada doing something right for once
Good for this music festival and hopefully all other music festivals follow their lead.
iamamerman 28th-Jul-2014 06:52 am (UTC)
"Whoa Canada doing something right for once"

universal health care, gay marriage legal, etc yet them saying people can't wear a headdress to a concert is "something right for once"
nuclearseasonz 28th-Jul-2014 07:08 am (UTC)
scalp ha
gypsy_leerose 28th-Jul-2014 07:10 am (UTC)
madhubala 28th-Jul-2014 07:15 am (UTC)
fortunatoxlk 28th-Jul-2014 08:23 am (UTC)
sodahands 28th-Jul-2014 09:25 am (UTC)
lol clearly you don't know how Canada treats its Aboriginal population but I really don't expect a troll like you to get it. Enjoy seeing this in your inbox <33333

Edit: aw I'm so glad you got all those replies :')

Edited at 2014-07-28 09:26 am (UTC)
secretivexhero 28th-Jul-2014 08:06 am (UTC)
are you american
landwarinasia 28th-Jul-2014 08:46 am (UTC)
lol I'm Canadian and ia. Canada has historically treated First Nations people HORRIBLY so this is amazing. The past five years has seen a lot of changes in BC. Especially this last year with the First Nations land rulings.

distant_lines 28th-Jul-2014 06:51 am (UTC)
Good on them! I think Native American headdresses are absolutely gorgeous, but people who have no part of the tribes have no use wearing them.
winter_lace 28th-Jul-2014 07:00 am (UTC)
finally... sense
warriorholmes 28th-Jul-2014 07:02 am (UTC)
little mix would neva
bigbranch 28th-Jul-2014 07:09 am (UTC)
that's fucking retarded
fierceputain 28th-Jul-2014 07:11 am (UTC)
gypsy_leerose 28th-Jul-2014 07:11 am (UTC)
boogalooshaman 28th-Jul-2014 07:51 am (UTC)
are you gonna wear your favourite one in protest?
lefler2 28th-Jul-2014 08:37 am (UTC)
Why so angry? Did you lose your bindi somewhere?
gaberone 28th-Jul-2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
why does it bother you though?
gypsy_leerose 28th-Jul-2014 07:10 am (UTC)
microminiscrew 28th-Jul-2014 07:13 am (UTC)
Good work. You next, Coachella
Imagine the tears
Dee Vah 28th-Jul-2014 07:17 am (UTC)
They would never do something this right.
vehiclesshockme 28th-Jul-2014 07:24 am (UTC)
Imagine the protesting. I can already see the go to cry of, "WHAT IS THIS?! NAZI GERMANY!?"
benevolents 28th-Jul-2014 10:48 am (UTC)
itskimbitches 28th-Jul-2014 11:47 am (UTC)
More like, "WHAT IS THIS?! CANADA!?"
itskimbitches 28th-Jul-2014 11:47 am (UTC)
More like, "WHAT IS THIS?! CANADA!?"
grrlplea 28th-Jul-2014 05:26 pm (UTC)
bulastar 28th-Jul-2014 07:49 am (UTC)
imagine the 'first they came for the [] and I said nothing' posts
bellarouze 28th-Jul-2014 09:57 am (UTC)
lord, if the chemehuevi land owners protested
frankthesheep 28th-Jul-2014 04:48 pm (UTC)
there would be petitions and articles.
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