Nahanni hails from British Columbia and was named after a famous river in the Northwest Territories. She is a "Jill of All Trades" with past experience in furniture design, acting and filmmaking. She also published a book based on a collection of her father's photographs taken during his days of running treeplanting camps in the 70's and 80's. She now calls Portland, Oregon home where she designs and makes each one of her pieces with a small team in her studio.