We're in New Zealand for a semester. Recently, Ash Patea was telling us some Māori lore about local mountains. We're based in Whanganui, learning about the mountains Tongariro, Taranaki, and Ruapehu, all of which are to our north. Ash starts all of these sessions off by telling us that we're learning his iwi's stories, but that they're not the only stories. That other stories are different, and none is "right." We then get to the part where we learn that the name "Tongariro" tells you it's a mountain to the south, and Ash says that's how they know the story we're learning isn't their story, and all of a sudden I have to write a little math post.
I don't want to spoil the punchline too much (yes I do), but there's a really neat connection between Ash's language and mathematics, about how you orient yourself in the world, and about how things can't always be consistent.