In a (like it or not) politically correct day and age where the NFL’s Washington Redskins are under fire for their name and mascot, and Pharrell Williams saw tremendous pushback for wearing a war bonnet on this month’s Elle cover, this is understandably creating some controversy in the Americas. Native Americans have spoken out publicly and taken to the blogosphere to protest what they see as inappropriate appropriation of an important and sacred piece of their culture.
Yesterday, in Canada, Bass Coast Festival–an electronic music event held on indigenous land in British Columbia–posted to their Facebook page that they would not allow the wearing of “feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them on-site.”
The Vancouver Sun, which broke the story, points out, “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.'” The decision by Bass Coast promoters was received well by a Tribe Called Red who tweeted, “Shout out to @BassCoastProj for taking a stand on the headdress issue! Chi Meegwetch and Nia:we! This is INCREDIBLE!”
The comments on the Facebook post (screenshot below) also seem to be overwhelmingly positive.