Definition of Athapaskan
1. Noun. 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.
Generic synonyms: American Indian, Indian, Red Indian
Specialized synonyms: Apache, Chipewyan, Hupa, Mattole, Navaho, Navajo
2. Noun. A group of Amerindian languages (the name coined by an American anthropologist, Edward Sapir).
Generic synonyms: American Indian, American-indian Language, Amerind, Amerindian Language, Indian
Specialized synonyms: Apache, Navaho, Navajo, Hupa, Mattole, Chipewyan, Chippewaian, Chippewyan
Geographical relationships: America, The States, U.s., U.s.a., United States, United States Of America, Us, Usa
Lexicographical Neighbors of Athapaskan
Literary usage of Athapaskan
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Report of the Annual Meeting (1899)
"Fairly good collections exist from the athapaskan tribes, from the tribes of Columbia River, and—east of the mountains--from the Omaha, and from some ..."
2. The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal by Stephen Denison Peet (1895)
"athapaskan TRIBES OF THE WEST.—The Rev. AG Morice, a French priest of the ... of the athapaskan languages in a more adequate way than was done before him. ..."
3. An Ethnologic Dictionary of the Navaho Language by Franciscans, St. Michaels, Ariz (1910)
"Of the extent of territory over which the athapaskan stock is spread, Father AG Morice, ... Of the northern athapaskan or I)ene Tribes in Canada and Alaska, ..."
4. Proceedings by International Congress of Americanists (1907)
"It seems almost impossible, even at the present day, to give an exact enumeration of athapaskan dialects. Their language is also so complicated and so ..."