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or Ath·a·bas·can  (ăth′ə-băs′kən) also Ath·a·pas·can (-păs′-)
1. A group of related North American Indian languages including the Apachean languages and languages of Alaska, northwest Canada, and coastal Oregon and California.
2. A member of an Athabaskan-speaking people.

[After Lake Athabasca from Cree athapaskaaw, there is scattered grass.]

Ath′a·bas′kan adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Athabascan - a group of Amerindian languages (the name coined by an American anthropologist, Edward Sapir)
American-Indian language, Amerind, Amerindian language, American Indian, Indian - any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
Apache - the language of the Apache
Navaho, Navajo - the Athapaskan language spoken by the Navaho
Hupa - the Athapaskan language spoken by the Hupa
Mattole - the Athapaskan language spoken by the Mattole
Chippewaian, Chippewyan, Chipewyan - the language spoken by the Chipewyan
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
2.Athabascan - a member of any of the North American Indian groups speaking an Athapaskan language and living in the subarctic regions of western Canada and central Alaska
American Indian, Indian, Red Indian - a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
Apache - any member of Athapaskan tribes that migrated to the southwestern desert (from Arizona to Texas and south into Mexico); fought a losing battle from 1861 to 1886 with the United States and were resettled in Oklahoma
Chipewyan - a member of the Athapaskan people living in western Canada between Great Slave Lake and Hudson Bay
Hupa - a member of the Athapaskan people of the Trinity River valley in California
Mattole - a member of the Athapaskan people living in northwestern California
Navaho, Navajo - a member of an Athapaskan people that migrated to Arizona and New Mexico and Utah
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Beatty, who is a direct lineal descendant and Dena'ina Athabascan from his mother's side, is the perfect case study of how TCF and its sister organizations would like their scholarship programs to work.
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The native Athabascan people have lived in Alaska for thousands of years and have always called the mountain Denali--meaning "the high one" or "the great one.
Obama made a huge symbolic gesture to Native Amercian communities and Alaskans at large at the start of his trip by renaming Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, as Denali, its traditional Athabascan name.
Obama announced that his administration is changing the name of North America's tallest peak, the 20,320-foot (6,193-meter) Mount McKinley, to Denali, its traditional Athabascan name.
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