Ilarion Larry Merculieff has more than 40 years experience serving his people, the Aleuts of the Pribilof Islands and other indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally in a number of leadership capacities.
Larry was the first Alaska Native commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development, a state cabinet post. He also served as the chair of the indigenous knowledge sessions of the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change and as the chair of the scientific committee for Snowchange, a consortium of indigenous leaders from eight Arctic countries focused on climate change. Larry has also engaged in a western states speaking tour on climate change and worked with the Great Lakes tribes to develop strategies for culturally based adaptation to climate changes.
Larry is 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, and the Alaska Native Writers on the Environment Award. Larry is featured as one of ten Native Americans in the book Native American Men of Courage by Second Story Press. Larry's co-authored book, Aleut Wisdom: Stories of an Aleut Messenger, was released two years ago by Les Intouchables (published in French). He is co-author of the recently released, Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning, which is free to anyone who asks through the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.
Larry is currently an independent consultant/president of the Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways (GCILL) and serves as a Senior Advisor to the World Wilderness Congress and advisor to the Native Lands Wilderness Council. Larry’s passion is speaking of traditional Elder wisdom for modern challenges, particularly about restoring women to their place as original healers and balancing the dysfunctional masculine. He is working on a third book. The working title is Tuunam Awaa, which means the “Work of the Land” in Aleut.
Contributions to Humans & Nature:
- Mastering Moving Energy: An Indigenous Perspective on Mind and Morality
A response to “Mind and morality: where do they meet?”
- Global Center for Indigenous Leadership & Lifeways
Learn more about Larry Merculieff's work at the GCILL.