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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.
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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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The animated show, which premieres July 15 on PBS Kids, highlights the adventures of a 10-year-old Athabascan girl.
Koyukon Athabascan author Phyllis Fast draws on her life as she moved from Alaska to Whibdy Island, Washington.
The mountain itself was also officially rechristened Denali, its Koyukon Athabascan name, but that wasn't until 2015, when the Department of the Interior issued a secretarial order.
The museum includes everything from stories of Athabascan life to the animals that make Interior Alaska their home.
These communities can trace their origins to not only the gold rushes of Alaskan history, but also the traditional territories of the Han Hwech'in, the Gwichyaa Gwich'in, and the Denduu Gwich'in Dena (Athabascan) peoples.
We Have Not Stopped Trembling Yet: Letters to My Filipino-Athabascan Family belongs in any serious sociology collection strong in ethnic studies in general and Filipino-American history, and gathers a series of letters the author wrote to his mixed-race Athabascan family as he struggled with questions revolving around his heritage and living in lands dominated by his family's colonizer.
Behind the McMaster piece, Bonnie Devine's (Ojibwa, born 1952) paper and graphite Canoe (2003) hovered a foot above the ground and was flanked by three works of bones and hair wrapped in acrylic polymer by Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Inupiaq/ Athabascan, born 1969).
RAINA THIELE, An Dena'ina Athabascan and Yup'ik, Raina Thiele worked in President Obama's White House as Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, where she focused on tribal governments and advised on climate change, arctic, and energy issues.
Shem Pete (1896-1989), an Athabascan Native storyteller and historian from Susitna Station, Alaska, left a rich legacy of knowledge about the Upper Cook Inlet Dena'ina world.
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.