An Indigenous Perspective on Modern Education


  • Kuuyux


Community, Indigenous Teaching, Holistic Learning


Ilarion offers a perspective on Indigenous worldview approaches to teaching and learning from his Unangan (Aleut) relatives and communities. He focuses on remembering that we are spirits inhabiting and body; that children must be treated as autonomous, sacred individuals; and that education must focus not on problems but on challenges that are opportunities for learning.  He emphasizes that we are living in a world where we have reversed the laws for living that emphasize mind over heart.

Author Biography


Ilarion (Kuuyux) Merculieff is Unangan (Aleut). His people have survived and thrived for over 10,000 years in the Bering Sea and they are still there. Ilarion was given his traditional name of Kuuyux at age 4. Kuuyux means an arm extending out from the body, a carrier are ancient knowledge to modern times, a messenger. He is now living the legacy of his name.