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Friday, July 25, 2014

Canadian Music Festival Bans Aboriginal Headdresses

Posted by on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

The Bass Coast Project in Merritt BC has given its attendees one week's warning that they can't wear their douchey appropriated headdresses to their festival:

Between this and Emerald Queen Casino canceling their Ted Nugent shows, it's a great week for the dignity of Cascadian music culture. And it's an important reminder for everyone: You don't have to put up with racist bullshit, people. You can take a stand.


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JF 2
Yes. Let the banning of clothes begin. I mean, what's the worst that can happen?
Posted by JF on July 25, 2014 at 12:27 PM · Report this
ugh...guess that means I'm gonna have to dig out my Cap'n Crunch hat.
Posted by PapaKipChee on July 25, 2014 at 12:32 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 4
Somebody remember to tell Macklemore this before he steps in for the Nuge @ the EQC.
Posted by Sir Vic on July 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM · Report this
Dougsf 5
AT&T park did this recently as well.
Posted by Dougsf on July 25, 2014 at 12:59 PM · Report this
I don't know anything about what goes on at this music event. Was this a big problem? People showing up looking like the Village People? Let's also ban sailors, electricians, cops, cowboys, and whatever that other guy was, I guess a leather top.

Is it racist when a white person goes to a Pow-Wow open to the public on native lands? I never thought so, but maybe I'm an insensitive clod for knowing native songs and dances.
Posted by AdamWashington on July 25, 2014 at 12:59 PM · Report this
Sounds like total utter conventional BS. Constant, I am surprised at you.

But what pisses me off is that people with non-English ancestry are appropriating the English language by using it EVERY day -- and sometimes even saying nasty things about the English!
Posted by caution&daring on July 25, 2014 at 1:05 PM · Report this
sasha 8
So many commenters defending themselves so unaware of their privilege and or context (#7 you are an offender #6 if you can't understand it without an explanation you can't understand it with an explanation). Their are cultures that are more than happy to have their (insert word here) used by those of different histories (e.g. village people, Captain crunch (see #2). I wondered myself whether it was okay for someone of first nations descent to wear headdress and while I have not that answer I have the evidence that the Bass Coast folks consulted First nations leaders and so I respect the decision. I do believe well intentioned people wear indian headdress and do other unwittinly offensive things, however, this ban will make that less likely. "Their opinion is what matter to us"
Posted by sasha on July 25, 2014 at 1:25 PM · Report this
Can we still do the Tomahawk Chop?
Posted by J.R. on July 25, 2014 at 1:32 PM · Report this
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Fnarf 11
@8, I would expect the answer to your question, "can someone of First Nations descent wear the headdress?" to be "no, not usually. It's not party wear. It's ceremonial.

I know that for a lot of you for whom wearing shoes with laces is considered "formal wear" but some people take their traditions, customs and ceremonies seriously. People of other ethnicities, particularly people of other ethnicities upon whose land you are squatting, are not decorations or toys. Comparing this to "sailors, electricians, cops, cowboys, and whatever that other guy was" is idiotic. Perhaps you should skip the festival entirely and read a book or two -- and not a book about the Village People.
Posted by Fnarf on July 25, 2014 at 1:37 PM · Report this
sasha 12
@11: if the fact that tribal leaders were against it didn't clear it up for me, you did.
Posted by sasha on July 25, 2014 at 2:19 PM · Report this
biffp 13
@11, agree with that. This entitled, majority as persecuted party argument has to be called the bullshit it is. I think the statement from Bass Coast Project is well written. Show some fucking respect, and quit fucking whining about it. Otherwise, go crawl up Dan Snyder's asshole.
Posted by biffp on July 25, 2014 at 2:36 PM · Report this
Sam Levine 14
It's time to start wearing viking helmets to festivals. I haven't asked someone from Norway, but I'm sure they don't mind.
Posted by Sam Levine on July 25, 2014 at 3:03 PM · Report this
@14 As long as it isn't horned, and you slaughter other white people while you wear it, we're cool.…
Posted by Trond-Viggo on July 25, 2014 at 3:49 PM · Report this
venomlash 16
@3: I had a hunch you wanted the Crunch.
Posted by venomlash on July 25, 2014 at 4:13 PM · Report this
This is the wrong way to go about achieving equality. Freedom means freedom for everyone, and racial equality should take the form of greater freedom for minorities, not curtailing the freedoms of whites. A headress doesn't hurt anybody, and banning it is a form of censorship. The right to freedom of expression must take precedence over people's desire to not be offended.
Posted by Always east coaster on July 25, 2014 at 6:55 PM · Report this
very bad homo 18
Perhaps a few people here could benefit from sitting down and talking with some tribal elders before deciding on your own what's appropriate. Seriously, though, do you know any Native Americans, and have you spoken to them about this issue? If someone tells you it's disrespectful to wear a headdress, then don't wear one. Otherwise, you are just being an insensitive douche.
Posted by very bad homo on July 25, 2014 at 9:58 PM · Report this
sirkowski 19
Their land, their rules.
Posted by sirkowski on July 26, 2014 at 2:08 PM · Report this
lauramae 20
Hey #17, why don't you give #11 a read?

And yes, FNARF, thank you. Native people in general cannot wear head dresses either. It's ceremonial wear for specific people from specific tribes. Even all of the folks from tribes who use head dresses can't wear them. And no one who could would ever wear them as a hat to a concert.

If someone wore it out of context and outside of the tribal cultures that have them, and they claimed that it was okay because they were "part Native" would make that person just as much of a slug cultural appropriator as any non-Native fool who would wear it.

Posted by lauramae on July 26, 2014 at 3:12 PM · Report this
@20 Yes, I did read #11, and I found it unpersuasive. Sure, you can argue that it's rude, discourteous, or insensitive to appropriate this cultural symbol and you'd have a point. But sending security guys to forcibly curb people's freedom of expression strikes me as wrong. I believe strongly that freedom of expression should never be sacrificed except in the case of demonstrable, tangible harm to real people, either physical or economic (i.e. child pornography, inciting a riot, yelling fire in a crowded theater, false advertising), and subjective feelings of being offended don't count as tangible harm. Whether the person who feels offended is a member of a privileged or underprivileged group doesn't enter into it. Nobody has a right to not be offended.
Posted by Always east coaster on July 26, 2014 at 10:09 PM · Report this

Thankfully your opinion doesn't matter in this case. There is no reason at all for non-First Nations peoples to appropriate the clothing/headdresses of First Nations peoples. It's rude and ignorant behavior that should be left behind with blackface/yellowface.

Posted by Patricia Kayden on July 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM · Report this

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