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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.


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.Athabaskan - 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.Athabaskan - 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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There was some strife at the school between the Inupiaqs and the Athabaskans, with the church teachers not seeming to understand the history or difference between cultures.
As Dena'ina Athabaskans, we are super hypersensitive to the environment," says McQueen.
Kenny Thomas is a master storyteller and he has succeeded in telling his story to a general public and in passing on cultural traditions to a new generation of young Athabaskans.
A good topic for such comparison would be, for example, how the mythologies of the Athabaskans of North America differ depending on the life zones of the peoples, specifically the Athabaskans of the forested Subarctic and those of the dry Southwest.
mainstream White Americans) and Athabaskans, and they are quick to advise their audience of the diversity encompassed by the term "Native": "We cannot make generalizations about 'Alaska Natives' and hope that they will be fair to many individuals" (17).
In forty years of missionary work, he seldom expresses self-satisfaction but among the Athabaskans in 1853 he expresses his joy at seeing "so many people of different tribes, former enemies joining together to worship God and receive holy communion together.
This is the biography of schoolteacher, Hannah Breece, and her struggles to survive and teach Aleuts, Kenais, Athabaskans, Eskimos, and people of mixed native and European blood in Alaska from 1904 to 1918.
There are cultural differences (even within Alaska - natives in Southeast Alaska, for example, have more in common with Pacific Northwest Indians than with Eskimos, Athabaskans, or Aleuts).
The people we know as being Navajos are, in reality, a product of the coming together of two distinct peoples, the Athabaskans and the Pueblos.
Here she also discusses briefly the importance of Jette's and Chapman's work as earlier recorders and commentators on Dena stories (she also dedicates the book to these two scholars) and acknowledges her use of major works by other scholars of Interior Athabaskans.
The Gwich'in are one of eleven distinct Athabaskan Indian groups inhabiting a portion of interior Alaska and northwestern Canada (the Athabaskans are the northernmost of all North American Indian groups and are related linguistically to the Navajo and Apache).
Eskinos developed directional systems based on positions relative to the coastline, while Athabaskans developed theirs according to the flow of rivers.