Another well known music fest has taken a real stand against clueless hipsters sporting aboriginal headdresses and that is also as a fashion statement. The Glastonbury Festival arrangers have added Indian Headdresses to the list of things vendors could not sell during the event without any prior authorization, along with other items such as candle flares, alcohol and cigarettes.
The restriction would affect vendors beginning with 2015 fest that would take place next June. The fest takes place in Somerset in England, and it now draws in upwards of 175000 people for the 5 day fest. The line up next year has yet to be declared, but the fest attracts top acts and last year’s top acts included Kasabian, Arcade Fire and Metallica.
According to reports, the officials at Glastonbury have not unveiled an official statement on this matter, but they confirmed that the change with Daniel Round, who began a petition 2 months ago to stop sales of headdresses. He told that even though it is only one United Kingdom fest, he expect that if they spread the news of Glastonbury’s decision on-line, positive discussions regarding the stereotyping of Native Americans as well as the headdress would grow in United Kingdom and elsewhere.
In a Facebook post, the fest said: “For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.”
It added that they understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance could not be separated.