The maximum difference between any two known languages of the athabascan group is that between English and German.
This section of the athabascan boundary has been much disputed.
The other boats follow and anchor, and we have opportunity at close range to inspect these worst rapids of the athabascan chain.
If athabascan, the stretch in question belonged to the Nongatl (Saia).
We have more ethnographic information about the Sinkyone than about most of the athabascan groups.
Each has affinities with the athabascan tongues, and perhaps equal affinities.
The territory occupied by the Hupa differs in several respects from that of the other athabascan tribes.
Indeed, as late as the 1920's and '30's there were many good athabascan informants still available.
It was not until 1903 that Goddard showed their athabascan affinity (Goddard, 1903b).
The following sketch of athabascan culture attempts to provide some background for the later discussion of the various groups.
1846, Athapaskan, from the name of the North American Indian people, from Lake Athabaska in northern Alberta, Canada, from Woods Cree (Algonquian) Athapaskaw, said by Webster to mean literally "grass or reeds here and there," referring to the delta region west of the lake. Also in reference to their language group.