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Variant of Athabaskan.


(ˌæθəˈpæskən) or




(ˌæθəˈbæskən) or


1. (Languages) a group of North American Indian languages belonging to the Na-Dene phylum, including Apache and Navaho
2. (Peoples) a speaker of one of these languages
[from Cree athapaskaaw scattered grass or reeds]
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Noun1.Athapascan - 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
2.Athapascan - 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
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Beadwork continues to be produced today by many individuals across Northern Athapascan country, particularly in Alaska where a wide range of Native craftwork is made for the tourist market, including traditional and fashion clothing, mukluks, moccasins, gloves and mittens, as well as smaller articles such as hair barrettes, purses, billfolds, photograph frames, and scissors cases.
In the mid-'70s while living in a small Athapascan Indian village in Alaska's interior, we were not able to avail ourselves of the traditional sources of collegiate education.
A northern Athapascan tribe, called, aptly, the Dogrib, believed in a creation story close to that of the birth of Eve.