An Unangan (Aleut), Ilarion Merculieff, was born and raised on St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea where he had a fully intact traditional upbringing. Ilarion has over 40 years experience serving his people, the Unangan of the Pribilof Islands and other indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally in a number of leadership capacities. Ilarion has completed his third book, WisdomKeeper: One Man’s Journey to Honor the Untold Story of the Unangan People, which will be published July 19, 2016 by North Atlantic Books.

An Unangan (Aleut), Ilarion Merculieff, was born and raised on St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea where he had a fully intact traditional upbringing. Ilarion has over 40 years experience serving his people, the Unangan of the Pribilof Islands and other indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally in a number of leadership capacities.

Ilarion has completed his third book, WisdomKeeper: One Man’s Journey to Honor the Untold Story of the Unangan People, which will be published July 19, 2016 by North Atlantic Books.

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Interview Topic:

Indigenous Elder Wisdom

With this topic, we’ll explore what Elders from around the world have to say about these times and what we must do Now. In addition, Ilarion will talk about why, in the view of Traditional Elders, we face the most daunting social, political, economic, and environmental issues in this human history, and what we can and must do about it.


Links: 

Ilarion's latest book will be available on July 19, 2016, and is now available on Amazon for pre-order: WisdomKeeper: One Man’s Journey to Honor the Untold Story of the Unangan People

Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways (GCILL): http://gcill.org/

An Indigenous Perspective on Mind & Morality: http://www.humansandnature.org/mind-morality-ilarion-larry-merculieff

 

Bio:

An Unangan (Aleut), Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff, was born and raised on St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea where he had a fully intact traditional upbringing. Ilarion has over 40 years experience serving his people, the Unangan of the Pribilof Islands and other indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally in a number of leadership capacities. 

Ilarion is the co-founder of the Indigenous Peoples’ Council for Marine Mammals, the Alaska Forum on the Environment, the International Bering Sea Forum, and the Alaska Oceans Network. He has received a number of awards including the Buffet Finalist Award for Indigenous Leadership, the Environmental Excellence Award for lifetime achievement from the Alaska Forum on the Environment, Rasmuson Foundation award for Creative Non-Fiction, Fellowship Award from the Sacred Fire Foundation, and the Alaska Native Writers on the Environment Award.  Ilarion is featured as one of ten Native Americans in a book titled Native American Men of Courage by Second Story Press.  He co-authored a book released three years ago by Les Intouchables titled: Aleut Wisdom:  Stories of an Aleut Messenger published in the French language.  He is co-author of a recently released book:  Stop Talking:  Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning, published by UAA.

Close to Larry’s heart are issues related to the environment, human rights, community and individual wellness, and cultural enhancement.  Having been raised in a traditional Unangan way of living, Ilarion is a strong and passionate leader in bridging the traditional knowledge and wisdom of indigenous Elders with the outside world using the Original Teachings and Natural Laws given to the Four Sacred Colors of the Human Being by the Creator. Ilarion was the coordinator of the Bering Sea Council of Elders.  The Council was composed of some of the most revered Elders in seven regions of Alaska.  The Council focused on the health of the Bering Sea ecosystem and the viability of the coastal and river cultures dependent on it.  Ilarion met indigenous healers and spiritual leaders from many traditions to share teachings and participate in ceremonies.  At their invitation, for example, Ilarion participated in sacred ceremonies and sharing of stories with: the Mapache in southern Argentina, Tarahumaras of the Sierra Madres in northern Mexico, elders from the Morley Reserve in Alberta, Yupik elders of SW Alaska, spiritual leaders and elders in the Hawaiian islands, Hopi and Maori, Maya, sun dancers and sacred pipe carriers in sweatlodge ceremonies, Touchdown ceremonies in northern British Columbia, and met and listened to elders and spiritual leaders from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico at the gathering in Chiapas, Mexico.

Larry has had many of his writings published in such magazines as Red Ink, YES, Winds of Change, Cultural Survival, Alaska Geographic, National Geographic, the Smithsonian, Kindred Spirits, and First Alaskans Magazine.

Larry is currently an independent consultant and president of the Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways (www.gcill.org), trustee for the WILD Foundation, board member of the Circle of Ancestors, and advisor to the Native Lands Wilderness Council. He has completed his third book, WisdomKeeper: One Man’s Journey to Honor the Untold Story of the Unangan People, which will be published July 19, 2016 by North Atlantic Books. He speaks publicly on a wide variety of issues facing humans in the 21st century.

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