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Wisdom Keeper - One Man's Journey to Honor the Untold History of the Unangan People-logo

Wisdom Keeper - One Man's Journey to Honor the Untold History of the Unangan People

Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion Merculieff weaves the remarkable strands of his life and culture into a fascinating account that begins with his traditional Unangan (Aleut) upbringing on a remote island in the Bering Sea, through his immersion in both the Russian Orthodox Church and his tribe's holistic spiritual beliefs. He recounts his developing consciousness and call to leadership, and describes his work of the past thirty years bringing together Western science and Indigenous peoples' traditional knowledge and wisdom to address the most pressing issues of our time. Tracing the extraordinary history of his ancestors-who mummified their dead in a way very similar to the Egyptians, constructed one of the most sophisticated high seas kayaks in the world, and densely populated shorelines in North America for ten thousand years-Merculieff describes the rich traditions of spirituality, art, dance, music, storytelling, science, and technology that enabled them to survive their harsh conditions. The Unangan people of the Aleutian Islands endured slavery at the hands of the U.S. government and were placed in an internment camp during WWII, where they suffered malnutrition and disease that decimated 10 percent of their population. Merculieff movingly describes how the compassion of Indigenous Elders has guided him in his work and life, which has been rife with struggle and hardship. He explains that environmental degradation, the extinction of species, pollution, war, and failing public institutions are all reflections of our relationships with ourselves. In order to deal with these critical challenges, he argues, we must reenter the chaos of the natural world, rediscover our balance of the masculine and the sacred feminine, and heal ourselves. Then, perhaps, we can heal the world.

Ilarion Merculieff weaves the remarkable strands of his life and culture into a fascinating account that begins with his traditional Unangan (Aleut) upbringing on a remote island in the Bering Sea, through his immersion in both the Russian Orthodox Church and his tribe's holistic spiritual beliefs. He recounts his developing consciousness and call to leadership, and describes his work of the past thirty years bringing together Western science and Indigenous peoples' traditional knowledge and wisdom to address the most pressing issues of our time. Tracing the extraordinary history of his ancestors-who mummified their dead in a way very similar to the Egyptians, constructed one of the most sophisticated high seas kayaks in the world, and densely populated shorelines in North America for ten thousand years-Merculieff describes the rich traditions of spirituality, art, dance, music, storytelling, science, and technology that enabled them to survive their harsh conditions. The Unangan people of the Aleutian Islands endured slavery at the hands of the U.S. government and were placed in an internment camp during WWII, where they suffered malnutrition and disease that decimated 10 percent of their population. Merculieff movingly describes how the compassion of Indigenous Elders has guided him in his work and life, which has been rife with struggle and hardship. He explains that environmental degradation, the extinction of species, pollution, war, and failing public institutions are all reflections of our relationships with ourselves. In order to deal with these critical challenges, he argues, we must reenter the chaos of the natural world, rediscover our balance of the masculine and the sacred feminine, and heal ourselves. Then, perhaps, we can heal the world.
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Ilarion Merculieff weaves the remarkable strands of his life and culture into a fascinating account that begins with his traditional Unangan (Aleut) upbringing on a remote island in the Bering Sea, through his immersion in both the Russian Orthodox Church and his tribe's holistic spiritual beliefs. He recounts his developing consciousness and call to leadership, and describes his work of the past thirty years bringing together Western science and Indigenous peoples' traditional knowledge and wisdom to address the most pressing issues of our time. Tracing the extraordinary history of his ancestors-who mummified their dead in a way very similar to the Egyptians, constructed one of the most sophisticated high seas kayaks in the world, and densely populated shorelines in North America for ten thousand years-Merculieff describes the rich traditions of spirituality, art, dance, music, storytelling, science, and technology that enabled them to survive their harsh conditions. The Unangan people of the Aleutian Islands endured slavery at the hands of the U.S. government and were placed in an internment camp during WWII, where they suffered malnutrition and disease that decimated 10 percent of their population. Merculieff movingly describes how the compassion of Indigenous Elders has guided him in his work and life, which has been rife with struggle and hardship. He explains that environmental degradation, the extinction of species, pollution, war, and failing public institutions are all reflections of our relationships with ourselves. In order to deal with these critical challenges, he argues, we must reenter the chaos of the natural world, rediscover our balance of the masculine and the sacred feminine, and heal ourselves. Then, perhaps, we can heal the world.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Darren Roebuck

Length:

6h 26m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:51


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:19


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:00


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:01


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:39


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:09


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:43


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:31


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:27


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:47


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:10


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:08


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:18


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:06


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:30


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:55


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:36


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:59


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:57


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:02


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:25


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:06


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:50


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:25


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:53


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:17


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:10


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:39


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:19


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:31


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:54


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

00:55


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

00:39