Coachella 2016 is here and we couldn't be happier! Prepare yourself for two weekends of endless music and a #hellagood time. A friendly reminder, however, when putting together your Coachella outfit: leave the Native American headdress at home. Like the guys over at Noisey pointed out:
"For Native Americans, seeing a drunken festival-goer in a headdress is akin to blackface, and an insult to their ancestors’ long, brutal history of facing colonialism and genocide."
In native American tradition, headdresses or "war bonnets" were only worn by respected men who had earned the right to use them. There's a deep significance to "wearing the feathers" in these cultures, and aside from being considered cultural appropriation, it's just disrespectful using a weighty cultural symbol for entertainment purposes.
So, bring back that Lana del Rey-esque flower crown trend if you want, just leave your DIY headdress at home. We hope it's clear why it's inappropriate to wear the feathers to Coachella... or any music festival. Or anywhere, really.