Canadian Music Festival Bans Native American Headdresses

by Ian Tuttle

Anti-Redskins mania has moved north of the border. Bass Coast, a music festival in Canada’s British Columbia that will take place August 1–4, has banned attendees from wearing “feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them.” Per a statement on its website:

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.

Founded in 2009, Bass Coast is an electronic music festival that hosts performers from across the globe. It has become increasingly common among concertgoers at Bass Coast and other festivals to don feathered headdresses. It is, however, a particular source of tension at Bass Coast, which takes place in the Nicola Valley, where there are several “First Nations” reserves.

(H/T: The Guardian)