Glastonbury Festival, a giant five-day music festival in England, has announced it is restricting the sale of "warbonnet" style feather headdresses. The move follows an online petition that seems to have proved effective despite not recording a large number of signatures.
To be clear, Glastonbury isn't banning headdresses outright. The festival's website now lists them as goods that may not be sold "without prior authorization," along with alcohol, cigarettes, and Glastonbury-branded merchandise.
Organizer Daniel Round's petition collected just 65 supporters, but evidently it worked, as a Glastonbury official reached out to him yesterday to inform him of the new policy. "Our petition, small in numbers but passionate in support, pushed this issue right up to [festival co-organizer] Emily Eavis, and she listened," Round wrote at Change.org. "From next year, alongside candle flares and flags, Native American style headdresses will not be on sale at Glasto stalls."
Glastonbury's new policy seems to stop short of the measures taken by the Bass Coast Electronic Music and Arts Festival. Organizers of that event, held August 1-4 in Merritt, British Columbia, banned feather headdresses outright. Glastonbury attendees will not be prevented from wearing them, and it's even possible that vendors will be permitted to sell them with "authorization" from the festival.