Paul John is a Native elder from Toksook Bay, distinguished by his firsthand knowledge of natural science from a Yupíik world view and perspective.  His knowledge of cultural traditions, coupled with his effective educational experience with both young and old people, has ensured that Yupíik cultural knowledge is incorporated in the educational system in the villages of the lower Kuskokwim.

He has worked with regional leaders to have the local perspective and world view made part of resource management plans being reviewed by the state and federal officials, and has used his experience to influence western scientific systems and methodologies that manage the resources he and his community depend upon.