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Ilarion Merculieff
Unungan from St. Paul Island in middle of the Bering Sea. Anchorage, Alaska

Unungan (Aleut) elder Ilarion Merculieff is an indigenous messenger and teacher. Indigenous wisdom keepers throughout the western hemisphere and other parts of the world have shared their wisdom, knowledge and prophecies with him, asking him to share their words with others. Issues related to cultural and community wellness, traditional ways of living, elder wisdom, and the environment are close to his heart. He recently chaired the Indigenous knowledge sessions at the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change, attended

by indigenous representatives from 80 nations. He has almost four decades of experience serving his people, the Unangan of the Pribilof Islands and other Alaska Native peoples in a number of capacities. Merculieff is co-founder andformer chairman of the Alaska Indigenous Council on Marine Mammals; former chairman of the Nature Conservancy, Alaska chapter; former co-director of the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, Alaska chapter; as well as co-founder of the International Bering Sea Forum, the Alaska Forum on the Environment, and the Alaska Oceans Network. He served as chairperson for the Alaska Sanitation Taskforce and co-chair of the Federal/State Taskforce on Rural Sanitation to bring support for running water and flush toilets to over one hundred Alaska Native communities. He served on the National Research Council Committee on the Bering Sea Ecosystem and was one of four Native Americans to present at the White House Conference on the Oceans during the Clinton administration. Merculieff was selected by Unangan leaders to be part of a one-hour Discovery Channel documentary about the history and spiritual aspects of Unangan, which aired in 2001. Global Center for Indigenous Leadership & Lifeways http://gcill.org/ http://gcill.org/larry-merculieff/ Bering Sea Elders Group http://www.beringseaelders.org/

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