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Conveying and Elevating Indigenous Wisdom Part II

December 30, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday, December 30th
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Third Street Center, Calaway Room

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Streaming of a panel dialogue on Indigenous Wisdom, the Humanity Rising Day 382 program hosted by Jim Garrison of Ubiquity University with guests Milt Markewitz, Ilarion “Larry”Merculieff and Lewis Cardinal.


Explore how the wisdom of the indigenous heart/mind that may well be the way out of our global dilema of self-destruction.

Native American elders Lewis Cardinal (Woodland Cree) and Ilarion Kuuyux Merculieff (Unangan/Aleut) are the featured speakers along with co-hosts Milt Markewitz and Jim Garrison.

Lewis and Ilarion will share how and why when there are truly relational ways, goodness always prevails. Clarity will emerge regarding how modernity’s most pressing problems such as conflicts, social injustices, and climate change are eliminated or sharply diminished when Indigenous ways of knowing inform how to live our lives. They will help us understand that there is a consciousness to which modernity can shift, and the need and processes for embodying the ‘new’ consciousness.

Milt Markewitz, former IBM executive, is co-author of The Language of Life and To Restore Earth’s Balance. He has been a student of indigenous cultures for many years. While working for IBM (1965-1991) Milt was able to live and work abroad — Europe, South America, and the Far East where he learned to appreciate how differently various cultures approach life — how they plan, design, live their lives, bond as cultures, relate to the world of nature, and address their spirituality. His orientation was projects — creation, design, implementation and management, and included programming systems, product design, and organizational improvements.
Since retiring he has Co-founded a non-profit whose mission was to bring Learning Organization concepts and principles to Oregon’s public elementary and secondary education; led a task force to define an ‘excellent education system’ around purpose, principles, and best education practices — linking public education to the long range quality of life, civility, and economic goals of their communities; coordinated a community project to define their desired future in terms of balanced sustainability in a ‘Learning Community’ partnership with their public schools; Authored an Education Workbook, Appreciative Sustainability: Co-Creating our Ethical Compass; President of the Earth & Spirit Council & member of the American Indian Institute;

Lewis Cardinal comes from the Woodland Cree First Nation in Northern Alberta. He is a communicator and educator who has dedicated his life’s work to creating and maintaining connections and developing relationships which cross cultural divides. A lot of his work has taken him into inter-government and inter-faith work as well as community development. His long track record of public service includes Founding Board Member of Alberta Aboriginal Arts, Board Member of Theatre Network, Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Commission for Human Rights and Justice, and Trustee of the Council for a Parliament of World Religions, just to mention a few.

Ilariaon ‘Kuuyux’ Merculieff is CoFounder & Visionary of Wisdom Weavers of the World (WWW) Elders Council, a Unangan Elder, Traveling Indigenous Speaker & Representative for WWW.
In his words: “My traditional name is Kuuyux, given to me by the last Kuuyux amongst my people, the Unangan, (Aleut), when I was 4. It means something like: an arm extended out from the body, a carrier of ancient knowledge, a messenger. Now, I am living that legacy and I carry messages from Indigenous Elders from many cultures. It is my mission, it is my passion, it is who I am. In 2017, I had a vision: bring together Indigenous Elders from throughout the world to answer two questions: what is the state of the world as we see it now? What must we be doing now? This vision became a reality within six months and we gathered at the Birthplace of the Souls, in Kauai, Hawaii in November of 2017. Now we are working to get the messages to the world that is needed now.”

Humanity Rising Program Host Jim Garrison, PhD is Founder, President, Chief Academic Officer, Faculty at Ubiquity University. Jim has had a lifetime of social and political activism beginning in the 1960s with the anti-war, anti-nuclear, citizen diplomacy and environmental movements. He founded Ubiquity University having served as President of Wisdom University from 2005 – 2012 which was acquired by Ubiquity in 2013. He has spent his entire professional life in executive leadership, including as co-founder and president of the Gorbachev Foundation/USA (1992 – 1995) and State of the World Forum (1995 – 2004) with Mikhail Gorbachev serving as convening chairman. Jim received his BA in History from the University of Santa Clara, an MA in History of Religion from Harvard University, and a PhD in Philosophical Theology from the University of Cambridge. He has written numerous books, including “The Plutonium Culture,” “The Darkness of God: Theology after Hiroshima,” “The Russian Threat,” “Civilization and The Transformation of Power,” and, “America as Empire.” Jim teaches a range of courses at Ubiquity in philosophy, history and global affairs.

Admission by donation


December 30, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The Center for Human Flourishing
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