Athabaskan

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Athabaskan a group of Amerindian languages (the name coined by an American anthropologist, Edward Sapir)
    • n 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
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Athabaskan Belonging to a certain great family of North American Indian languages and tribes, occupying a vast extent of country south from the Eskimo region, between Hudson's Bay and the Rocky Mountains, with outlying members also west of the mountains, as far south as Mexico, including the Apaches and Navajos.
    • n Athabaskan A member or the language of this family.
    • n Athabaskan Also spelled Athabascan, Athapaskan.
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Usage

In literature:

Under Southern Athabaskans, includes (p. 308) Kwalioqwa, Tlatskanai, Umkwa.
"Indian Linguistic Families Of America, North Of Mexico" by John Wesley Powell
The Athabaskans of Hudson's Bay were on about the same level of savagery.
"The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Fiske
All the Athabaskan languages or dialects are mutually intelligible.
"The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies" by Robert Gordon Latham
Author of a number of primers in the Athabaskan and Algonquian languages, as well as in Eskimo.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
Contemplating the distribution of the tribes belonging to the Athabaskan stock in three divisions, viz.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 4" by Various
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