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Podcast: Episode 16 A Wisdom Weaver’s Guide to Living, with Ilarion Merculieff

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Essence: Episode 16 NotesHeart with a tree of life inside

What do our Indigenous family members know in healing our destructive sense of separation in Self, Other and Mother Earth? How hard can it be? Joining Janet is Ilarion Merculieff, Unangen (Aleut) Elder, founder of the Wisdom Weavers of the World, an Indigenous Elders community. They will join in creating together this space to feel the beat of our hearts and those around us in the rhythm of Life.

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Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff represents his people, as Elder of the Unangen people of the Pribilof Islands 300 miles off the coast of Alaska in the Bering Sea. He was raised in the traditional Unangen (Aleut) way and received his Unangen name Kuuyux (Ku yach). This name is given to one person in each lifetime amongst his people. It means an arm extending out from the body, a carrier of ancient knowledge into modern times, a messenger. Today he is living the legacy of his name.

Ilarion has spent over 50 years representing his people and culture in their home state of Alaska. His voice has been heard in at least 8 different positions of government on several levels in Alaska representing her native peoples. This included as Director of the Department of Public Policy and Advocacy in the Rural Alaska Community Action Program. He worked with an often-adversarial government and won the right for his people to feed themselves.

Ilarion’s heart led him to develop his positions involved with marine life and Mother Earth. He is more than qualified to speak on Climate Change and Snowchange and the affects if they are not corrected.

His other focuses include cultural and community wellness, traditional ways of living and using Elder wisdom.

His is a strong voice calling for the meaningful application of traditional knowledge and wisdom from Elders both in Alaska and Indigenous cultures throughout the world in dealing with modern day challenges. His current work is with a new organization he founded called the Wisdom Weavers of the World, devoted to binging the messages of the elders to global attention.

Boating, fishing and work are his passion, so they are not work, but his joy. He enjoys meeting people. Ilarion would like you to reach him through where you can learn how you can be part of the community or on Facebook at Wisdom Weavers of the World.

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Ilarion’s roots are in his people’s culture. I would suggest you look up the following links as they will connect you with the Unanagan. They have a lot to share with us.

Start with his website Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways (


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Ilarion’s wisdom is present. With one wonderful equally present addition.

“Nothing is created outside until it is created inside first.“
Elders, Wisdom Weavers of the World
In describing his grandfather elder’s wisdom: “He didn’t see the distinction about where one got one’s spirituality.“
Ilarion Merculieff, Unangen Elder
“The most important things in life are to be experienced, not expressed (as language).“
Ilarion Merculieff, in referring to the power in being.
“When I was young and had to give some formal teachings, because I was not thinking that we are all same, I would experience anxiety. I would forget that I’m just talking as a human being to fellow human beings. I would think of myself as something special, and that kind of thinking would make me feel isolated. It is this sense of separateness that isolates us from other people in fact, this kind of arrogant way of thinking creates a sense of loneliness, and then anxiety.“
Dalai Lama in The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by Dalai Lama (Author), Desmond Tutu (Author), Douglas Abrams (Contributor)

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Blog: Consciousness and Hello, My Other SelfQuan Yin

“Hello, My Other Self“ is the traditional greeting between the Unangen Peoples. Stop in this moment and notice what happens when you engage it. Oneness is present. There is no state of separation... Continue reading…

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