The Dene Games evolved through the Dene peoples adaptations to the land and their will to survive. Having the unique opportunity of teaching in Rae-Edzo, NT, I was able to interview four respected Elders. These Elders have all lived the tradition lifestyle and with that shared some of their amazing life experiences with me. I believe by understanding their incredible stories you will gain an appreciation of the difficulty and hardships that these people encountered during their life. I often use these stories to reflect and attempt to comprehend what life during this time must have been like. It is these stories, that I believe, are vital to a students comprehension of the magnitude of the Dene Games evolution and the cultural significance they have on the Dogrib way of life.