It's been a bumper year for musicians appropriating or flagrantly disrespecting traditional Native American headwear, and B.C.'s Bass Coast Festival will have no part of it. When the electronic music festival descends into the city of Merritt this August 1-4, all "feathered war bonnets" will be banned out of respect for the festival grounds.
Here's part of the festival's honourable announcement on Facebook:
"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."
Hear that, ostensibly besieged white people? Today the uniting power of music was used to undermine your toxic opinions. And that's a beautiful thing.
A Tribe Called Red (who last month weathered calls of racism for their "Caucasians" shirt) celebrated the festival's new rules on Twitter. As should every decent person.