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Glastonbury Festival Bans Native Headdress Sales Without Permission

10/16/2014 08:24 EDT | Updated 10/16/2014 08:59 EDT
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GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 08: A man in the crowd wearing a Native American Headdress holding a lit flare as Jake Bug performs headlining The Other stage at the end of Day 2 of The Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on July 8, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns via Getty Images)

Sales of native headdresses are no longer welcome at one of the world's biggest music shows after the Glastonbury Festival banned merchants from selling the items at future events.

The move comes after Stourbridge, England resident Daniel Round started a Change.org petition asking organizers to "consider banning the sale of Native American-style headdresses" at festival stalls, calling them a "damaging form of cultural appropriation."

It had only gathered 65 signatures when festival organizers notified him that the headdresses had been placed on a list of items that cannot be sold at vending stalls without prior approval.

"Although it is only one U.K. festival, I hope that if we spread the news of Glastonbury's decision [online], positive discussions about the stereotyping of Native Americans and the headdress will grow in the U.K. and elsewhere," Round wrote.

But as The Guardian noted, Glastonbury organizers haven't heeded all the recommendations that Round made in his petition.

He had called on them to make a statement about the headdresses, but organizer Emily Eavis has not commented publicly, the newspaper said.

Round's petition followed a move by B.C.'s Bass Coast Festival to ban "feathered war bonnets" at the event over concerns that they could offend indigenous people.

That decision was praised by indigenous electronic group A Tribe Called Red, which headlined last year's festival.

Headdresses have become a popular fashion feature at festivals such as Coachella and others, but they have also offended indigenous people due to concerns around cultural appropriation.

Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio was criticized for wearing one in an Instagram picture earlier this year.

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Metis blogger âpihtawikosisân has said that non-natives should not wear headdresses because they are earned, similar to how people earn military medals or university degrees.

So, over to you, Coachella!

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