Nick Nowatok was a Yup'ik elder who was born in Kaskanak, Alaska in 1912 and grew up in the Kvichak area. He was a reindeer herder and moved to Kokhanok in the 1940s after he got married. He made a living through trapping, commercial fishing, and working a variety of labor jobs. He also supported his family with a subsistence-based lifestyle of hunting, fishing and trapping for personal use. Nick Nowatak passed away in 2002 at the age of 90.