Athabascan

(redirected from Athabaskan)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

Athabascan

(ăthəbăs`kən),

Athapascan,

or

Athapaskan

(both: –păs`–), group of related Native American languages forming a branch of the Nadene linguistic family or stock. In the preconquest period, Athabascan was a large and extensive group of tongues. Its speakers lived in what are now Canada, Alaska, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and parts of Mexico. Today the surviving Athabascan languages include Chipewyan, Kutchin, Carrier, and Sarsi (all in Canada); Chasta-Costa (in Oregon); Hoopa or Hupa (in California); Navajo (in New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah); and Apache (in Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico). These and other Athabascan languages are the mother tongues of about 175,000 indigenous people of North America. The speech communities of most Athabascan languages today are small, with the exception of Navajo, which has roughly 150,000 speakers, most of whom can also speak English. The Navajo are one of the largest Native American groups in the United States. A feature of the Navajo language, perhaps the best-known tongue in the Athabascan group, is its tonal quality. There are high tones, low tones, rising tones, and falling tones. Another important Athabascan tongue, Apache, is spoken in its various dialects by about 12,000 persons. According to some authorities, the Athabascan languages face extinction relatively soon. See Native American languagesNative American languages,
languages of the native peoples of the Western Hemisphere and their descendants. A number of the Native American languages that were spoken at the time of the European arrival in the New World in the late 15th cent.
..... Click the link for more information.
.

Bibliography

See H. Hoijer et al., Studies in the Athapaskan Languages (1963).

References in periodicals archive ?
The successful sea trials aboard HMCS Athabaskan provided a clear demonstration of the mission-enhancing capabilities of the MK49 and NavDDS systems for the Canadian Navy.
Another important consideration is that the model was developed specifically to address the unique cultural norms of the Western Athabaskan Tribal Nation.
MCKENNAN is his tribute to the peoples he lived with and the world of Athabaskan culture before the second world war, and are a 'must' for any scholarly, college-level collection strong in Alaskan history and culture.
McKennan (1903-1982) who spent the years between 1929 and 1933 in remote Native American villages and documented Interior Athabaskan life.
In The Athabaskan Languages: Perspectives on a Native American Language Family, Theodore B.
Witsuwit in a language of the Athabaskan family that is spoken in western central British Columbia along the Bulkley and Morice Rivers and some other major bodies of water of the British Columbia Lakes District.
Kanas, which means "to communicate" in the Ahtna dialect of the local Athabaskan language, will structure its design to ensure that the network is both technically and economically accessible to as many Alaskans as possible.
HMCS Athabaskan remains the last of the Tribals still in service with the RCN.
Six Arctic indigenous groups have permanent participant status, including the Aleut International Association, Arctic Athabaskan Council, and Gwich'in Council International.
Fine color photographs display works by contemporary Tlingit, Aleutian Islander, Pacific Eskimo, Athabaskan, Yup'ik, and Inupiaq artists.
Namely Chipewyan (703, Athabaskan, Northern Amerindian), Amuesha (824, Arawakan, Southern Amerindian) and Nama (913, Khoisan, "other families").
Kanas, which means "to communicate" in the Ahtna dialect of the local Athabaskan language, is structuring its design to ensure that the network is both technically and economically accessible to as many Alaskans as possible.