One music festival is saying “No” to a trend of people donning feather headdresses, or warbonnets, at concerts and festivals, Indian County Today Media Network reports.
The Bass Coast Electronic Music and Arts Festival in Merritt, British Columbia, has banned the wearing of warbonnets at this year’s event, which takes place Aug. 1-4.
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.
ICTMN staff said the move would please A Tribe Called Red, a Native American DJ trio that has asked fans attending their shows to refrain from wearing headdresses and face paint. A Tribe Called Red appears on the main stage of Bass Coast Aug. 2.