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or Ath•a•bas•can

(ˌæθ əˈbæs kən)

also Athapaskan

1. a family of American Indian languages spoken or formerly spoken in inland Alaska and NW Canada, and by peoples of W Oregon and NW California, as the Hupa, and the U.S. Southwest, as the Apache and Navajo.
2. a member of an Athabaskan-speaking people.
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Noun1.Athapaskan - 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.Athapaskan - 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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Duncan's Northern Athapaskan Art and Duncan and Hail's Out of the North.
For his study of the interaction between the early Spanish conquerors and the Athapaskan and Puebloan Indians of the Southwest, Carter (history, South Texas College, McAllen) begins with the first settlements of the Athapaskans shortly after the end of the last ice age.
In the Athapaskan language Slave (Rice 1989:1259-1261), purpose constructions are marked by the complementizer gha and the use of optative mood on the verb of the purpose clause, as illustrated in (18) below, where the verb 'eat' in the clause denoting the purpose is marked as optative.
The Crooked Stovepipe: Athapaskan Fiddle Music and Square Dancing in Northeast Alaska and Northwest Canada.
The Athapaskan Tribes are the Chilcotin, Carrier, Sekani, Tahitan, Beaver, Kaska, and Slave.
How could anybody put in the Athapaskan language through a Metis interpreter to monolingual Athapaskan hearers the concept of relinquishing ownership of land, I don't know, of people who have never conceived of a bounded property which can be transferred from one group to another.
The biggest challenge in calling the games is that the language the Navajos speak, Athapaskan, is highly descriptive so it takes longer to convey the action than it does in English.
Allen's world-historical theory assumes irreversible rightward shifts away from the Dravidian pole as exemplified in the evolution of the Chinese (Feng 1937), Tibeto-Burman (Allen 1986), Algonquian (Hockett 1964; Wheeler 1982), Athapaskan (Krauss 1975), Numic (Hage et al.
1998 Developmental Processes in the Pre-contact History of Athapaskan, Algonquian, and Numic Kin Systems.
64-110 Jean-Guy GOULET, "Religious Dualism Among the Athapaskan Catholics >>, Canadian Journal of Anthropology, 3.
Speaking specifically about Native language research, Kari and Spolsky (1978) call for an increase in the number of Native American linguists: "Thus, where once an Athapaskan linguist meant a scholar studying Athapaskan, it will soon also mean an Athapaskan speaker studying linguistics" (p.