a proposed grouping of North American Indian language families, including the Athabaskan languages, Tlingit,
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Word origin of 'Na-Dene'
< Haida na
, to dwell, house & Tlingit na
, people + Athabaskan dene
, person, people (occurring in various dialect forms): coined (1914) by Sapir
while at Ottawa