Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff is an Unangan (Unungan), Aleut, raised in a traditional way. Throughout his life, Ilarion has focused on traditional knowledge, wisdom, and spirituality gained from culture bearers around the world, acting as a bridge from the past to those alive today. Close to his heart are issues related to cultural and community wellness, traditional ways of living, elder wisdom, and the environment, particularly climate change. He recently chaired the indigenous knowledge sessions at the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change attended by indigenous representatives from eighty nations. He is founder of the Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Native Knowing by Larry Merculieff (Aleut)
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Author and native community connector, llarion (Larry) Merculieff has almost four decades' of experience serving his people, the Aleuts of the Pribilof Islands and other indigenous peoples. He has been City Manager of St. Paul Island, Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development, President and CEO of Tanadgusix Corporation, Chairman of the Board of The Aleut Corporation, and General Manager of the Central Bering Sea Fishermen's Association (one of the six Community Development Quota groups created by Congress to receive fish allocations in Alaska). As Director of the Department of Public Policy and Advocacy in the Rural Alaska Community Action Program, he led the largest subsistence rights march in Alaska's history.
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