Why NO Headdress Ban at Glastonbury is Good

October 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

October 17, 2014, The number of replies and inquiries to yesterday’s ‘Good No Ban at Glastonbury…’ was high. About half agreed there should not be a ban and half disagreed. The latter feeling that wearing  North American Indian headdress is an insult to their culture; the former feeling it is a compliment. (If as many felt as strongly about the plight of Canada Scoop Victims placed in USA as they do about headdresses at fashions shows and music festivals…)

We agree with the latter; it’s a compliment. Because headdresses are usually absolutely beautiful and the craftsmanship can be astounding; how can wearing something that beautiful (and expensive 😉 be interpreted as an insulting act of racial stereotyping? They are very complex constructions. The pride that goes into making these; if you have never seen the process of selecting materials and constructing the headdress itself, you may not be able to appreciate what a compliment including a North American Indian headdress in a fashion show,  a festival, within a team’s logo, etc., is.

As a child, the number of times I played with my friends at Shinnecock Reservation in South Hampton, Long Island, NY and we would be given remnants of the real headdresses being made so that we could make our own, playing dress up with those used in the Shinnecock festivals, etc. Not insulting at all.

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