Buddhists, Native Americans to gather for 9th annual peace fest in Montana

Montana Peace Festival crowd joining in a traditional Salish round dance led by elder Steven SmallSalmon

This September, Buddhists and Native Americans will once again gather in Montana in the name of peace.

The Ewam Sang-ngag Ling community has announced an extensive lineup for its 9th Annual Festival of Peace, to be held Saturday, September 7, at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, in Arlee, MT, 20 miles north of Missoula. Owing to the Garden’s unusual location on the Flathead Indian Reservation, the festival will once again feature elders, activists, musicians, and dancers from the local Salish and Kootenai tribes, alongside Tibetan lamas and performers. American Buddhist teacher Lama Tsomo will deliver the keynote address on the festival’s theme, “Healing That Which Cannot be Healed,” and San Francisco’s Naked Soul will headline the many acts booked for music and dancing.

Apart from the main stage activities, there will be Native culture demonstrations, food and craft vendors, children’s activities, and peace activist booths, all kicking off with the 3rd Annual Walk-a-Mile for Peace fundraiser. Admission to the festival is free.

More information can be found here and at the Festival of Peace Facebook page, or see the official poster below. For background on Ewam’s Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, on the Flathead Indian Reservation, see this New York Times feature or this PBS video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly.