American Indian headdress, a long contentious and frowned on fashion choice in the United States, will be banned from the Meredith Music Festival this year.
The headwear is included in the list of banned items and costumes for the festival, which takes place across three days in December on a site west of Melbourne.
While hardly a local reference in Australia, the use of feathers in bonnets/headwear, sometimes accompanied by face paint in the manner of Hollywood representations of Native Americans, has become quite common in recent years. It was most noticeable at the recent Splendour In The Grass festival north of Byron Bay.
However, they have been explicitly banned, along with black-face, offensive signs, flags on poles and weapons, this year.
The move is part of a policy, inspired by the successful approach of the Sydney Swans, which the Music Festival organisers call the “no dickheads policy”.
As explained on the festival website, while essentially a self-policing policy “whereby the dickhead is not celebrated at the festival” and other patrons are encouraged to advise the offender to “pull their head in”, people deemed to be “involved in dickhead behaviour” may find themselves being intercepted by staff, volunteers or security.