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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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It was during Knight's tenure at York that Thanadelthur was sent inland with a party of local Cree and William Stuart to negotiate a peace agreement with Athapaskan groups that would allow Athapaskan bands to travel to York (and later Churchill) to trade.
They coincided with the sedentarization of migratory peoples such as the Inuit, Athapaskan, and Algonquin peoples into government settlements, a policy that has had disastrous results.
Krech, III, "Disease, Starvation and Northern Athapaskan Social Organization," American Ethnologist.
As trade routes continued to develop, a mission school run by a religious order called the Grey Nuns was established in 1849 at Fort Chipewyan, an important trading centre for local Athapaskan and Cree groups, further to the north-west.
Athapaskan adaptations: Hunters and fishermen of the Subarctic forests.
(28) For information on Athapaskan relationships, see RG Matson & Martin PR Magne, Athapaskan Migrations: The Archaeology of Eagle Lake, British Columbia (Tucson, Ariz: University of Arizona Press, 2007).
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.
For example, in Athapaskan languages, prosodically 'small' affixes are closer to the root than are prosodically larger affixes (see also Manova and Winternitz 2011, on Polish and Bulgarian).
Los cazadores antiguos, como los indios athapaskan en America del Norte, creian que podian percibir sus presas a distancia.