- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Canadian music festival Bass Coast has banned Native American headdresses, which have become popular among concert goers, because organizers have deemed them offensive.

The festival, which takes place Aug. 1-4 in Merrit, British Columbia, said it is banning feathered war bonnets, “or anything resembling them, onsite,” and the new policy will be enforced by the event’s security team.

“We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets,” organizers said in a statement. “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,” it said. “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.”

The new policy appeared to be well-accepted on social media.

The Huffington Post reports that Native American headdresses and war bonnets are popular at U.S.-based festivals like Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival and Governors Ball.