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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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They think in terms of Eskimo without realizing the diversity of Yup'ik and Inupiaq cultures or that there's a very large and diverse Athabascan culture in Interior Alaska.
Brittany, who grew up in an Athabascan Indian village, then learned that there were fewer than 200 Alaska Natives on the national donor registry.
5 million acres and fifty-six villages in southwest Alaska, an area with strong traditional Yup'ik, Cup'ik, and Athabascan cultures.
Nollner, 92, of Galena, Alaska, an Athabascan Indian is proud of his role in the epic struggle to outrun death.
It also increased dividends to its 12,600 shareholders of mostly Yup'ik, Cup'ik, and Athabascan descent by 8 percent, or $4.
Deg Hit'an (also known as Deg Xit'an, Deg Hitan, Degexit'an, Kaiyuhkhotana) are a group of Northern Athabascan peoples in Alaska.
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.
The new route reduces the number of checkpoints in the early part of the race, but it adds stops at villages that have never been part of the Iditarod -- like tiny Huslia, an Athabascan village of about 300 residents.
The Athabascan basket maker Daisy Stri da zatse Demientieff gathered roots, removed their bark, and split them into incredibly narrow strips.
The students in my workshop have diverse backgrounds; most are Alaska Native (Yupik, Athabascan, Tlingit), one is Hispanic, two are African American, and a handful are white.
75), and research suggests that even students themselves recognize that the teachers who care most for them are those with high expectations for academic success (Ladson-Billings, 1994), much like the effective teachers of Athabascan students that Kleinfeld called "warm demanders" (1975, p.
With partner Osum Oil Sands Corp, Schmidt's closely held Laricina Energy is operating the first pilot project in three decades in the West Athabascan Grosmont, about 100 km west of the oil-sands centre of Fort McMurray, Alberta.