Ilarion Merculieff

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's third book, WisdomKeeper: One Man’s Journey to Honor the Untold Story of the Unangan People, was published in 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's third book, WisdomKeeper: One Man’s Journey to Honor the Untold Story of the Unangan People, was published in 2016 by North Atlantic Books.

Interview Topic: Why Indigenous Wisdom and the Feminine Consciousness are Needed NOW

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Links:

Ilarion's latest book: 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:

Ilarion Merculieff has over 40 years experience serving his people, the Unangan (Aleuts) of the Pribilof Islands and other indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally. Ilarion was the first Alaska Native commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development. He also served as the chair of the indigenous knowledge sessions of the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change and many similar meetings.

Ilarion was 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, the Alaska Native Writers on the Environment Award and the Wisdom Fellowship Award from the Sacred Fire Foundation.  He is co-author of Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning. In 2016, North Atlantic Books published his third book, Wisdomkeeper: One Man’s Journey to Honor the Untold Story of the Unangan People.

 

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