1846, Athapaskan, through the name regarding the us Indian folks, from Lake Athabaska in northern Alberta, Canada, from Woods Cree (Algonquian) Athapaskaw, said by Webster to indicate virtually "grass or reeds in some places," talking about the delta region west of this pond. Also in mention of the their language group.
a member of every of this united states Indian groups talking an Athapaskan language and staying in the subarctic elements of western Canada and main Alaska
- a group of Amerindian languages (the name created by an American anthropologist, Edward Sapir)
They must not be confused with the Chipewyan tribe of Athabascan stock settled around Lake Athabasca, Canada.