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Chipewyan

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Pronunciation: /ˌtʃɪpəˈwʌɪən
 
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Definition of Chipewyan in English:

noun (plural same or Chipewyans)

1A member of a Dene people of NW Canada. Compare with Chippewa.
Example sentences
  • I have yet to encounter a Chipewyan with any interest in the question’.
  • However, between 1715 and 1769 the Chipewyans in their territory were on the edge of history only.
  • It became harder for the Canadiens to exert influence over the Cree and Chipewyans by trade goods alone.
2 [mass noun] The Athabaskan language of the Chipewyan, with about 8,000 speakers.
Example sentences
  • It was followed by Dene (Chipewyan), Inuktitut, Slavey, Dogrib and Ojibway translations.
  • Chipewyan is spoken by around 4000 native people in Northern Canada today.
  • Only a handful of people still speak Chipewyan fluently, he says, and those under 45 have only a sketchy knowledge of the language at best.

adjective

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Relating to the Chipewyan or their language.
Example sentences
  • Treeline is one of the few facilities that replaces the motors on its boats every year, and its registered Chipewyan and Cree guides are among the country's best.
  • Though many Chipewyan people are bilingual in Chippewa or Cree, it is actually not related to those languages at all.
  • In 1715 an expedition under William Stewart of the HBC was made into Chipewyan territory.

Origin

from Cree, literally '(wearing) pointed-skin (garments)'.

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