In this week’s episode Ilarion Merculieff speaks with Joanna about: a vibrant, spiritually based culture; one with the ocean; the rich cultural legacy of the Unangan people; the secret to surviving in the Bering Sea for ten thousand years; Aachaa, the mystery of meeting your mentor; an ingenious, exquisite way to raise children; the field of awareness of flocks of birds; using the whole of our intelligence; a children-affirming culture; a history of oppression and contemporary slavery; coming to the place of original instructions; the Unangan view of life and death; the wisdom of how to move energy; an urgent call to transformation and action.
Ilarion Merculieff was born and raised on St. Paul island in the middle of the Bering Sea. He is an Unangan, 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. He has served as chair of the indigenous knowledge sessions of the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change, as cofounder of the Indigenous People’s Council for Marine Mammals; the Alaska Forum for the Environment, the International Bering Sea Forum, and the Alaska Oceans Network. He is currently the president of the Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways. Ilarion Merculieff is available for readings and lectures.