It must have been a lot of work being the tribal elder who had to remember all those stories and enact them in front of an entertainment-starved crowd. He had to get it right, deliver the scenes and a storyline in a way that pleased his audience.
There was an art to it.
That’s why it’s funny when people find out that you write, that you’re a storyteller, and they want to offer ideas.
“You’re writing a book? Oh, I have a great idea for a story.”
Coming up with the idea is the easy part. It’s kind of like saying, I have an idea about building a house. If you want to build a house, I’m your guy. I have all kinds of ideas.