There's a discussion on CBC Radio One about aboriginal rights, and one
native person from British Columbia said he's from a band called, as
near as I gather it's spelled, Apat'kchat, but which is pronounced
Apachat. Sound familiar? He said his language is related to the Navajo,
which makes him also a distant relative of the Apache, because both
Navajo and Apache belong to one of three major groupings (as defined by
language), called Na-Dene (meaning "The People" in the Denendeh language
of the Northwest Territories). Obviously this Apat'kchat band is also
Na-Dene. I just mention this because except for some Beaver Indians in
the extreme northeast, I didn't think there were any Na-Dene in British
Columbia. BC has more first nations languages than the rest of Canada,
and possibly the rest of North America (excluding Mexico) put together.
It's like the New World's "New Guinea," so to speak.

Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

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