Athabasca

1981 DE1 . Discovered 1981 Feb. 28 by S. J. Bus at Siding Spring.

Named for the native North Americans who originally settled in the subarctic region that is now Northwestern Canada and central Alaska. The Athabascan hunter-gatherers comprise a diverse group whose influence spread, about a thousand years ago, as far as the southwestern United States. They are the ancestors of the Navajo {see planet (3688)} and Apache peoples. (M 18644)

Name suggested and citation prepared by J. J. Klavetter.

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