After watching some of Dan Brown's masterclass on thriller storytelling, it paints a narrow view on what generally a good story is to be. It must have a singular sentence to describe the plot, and there must be a single question that gets answered by the story, so there must be a main conflict a single person goes through etc..
What I have in my head so far is, I am interested in ancient shamanic cultures. I want to simply explore what possible observations and dances and thoughts an ancient tribe of hominoids may have experienced, from hunting, to gathering, to fishing, to dancing, drumming, etc.. In a sense I want to tell a "creation" story for how the world was created, too (in this fictional story).
So I try and imagine "how do I make this about a single character that has a single major problem they are trying to solve?" I fall short every time. I want it to be about group behaviors and isolated random experiences they may have throughout the tens of thousands of years they live in their land. Every problem I can think of are evolutionary problems which take many generations to "solve" (such as learning to use fire, or learning to speak, etc.). These aren't flash in the moment a single person figures it out and it's done types of things (at least from my perspective). They slowly occur over generations.
So I'm wondering, what are other ways of telling "stories"? Like East vs. West, or other cultural ways stories get told. What are all the most common ways across cultures stories get told? Maybe there is a way to tell a creation story and how a civilization evolves, in a non-western way?
Maybe we don't always have to go linearly through a single person's conflict? Maybe there are other ways to approach storytelling which no one teaches...