Melaw Nakehk’o is Dehcho Dene and Denesuline, was born and raised in Denendeh also known as the Northwest Territories, Canada. Nakehk’o is a visual artist who paints, sews and beads, as well as a traditional moose hide tanner based out of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Her work in reviving and teaching moosehide tanning techniques has inspired a resurgence of the practice and shaped a broader community building movement within Canada. Melaw is continuously working creatively through performance art, contemporary visual art, public art, filmmaking, graphic recording and teaching land based Indigenous art practices. She is a Founding Member of Dene Nahjo. Melaw has three sons and lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.