(both: näˈvəhō) [key
], Native North Americans whose language belongs to the Athabascan
branch of the Nadene linguistic stock (see Native American languages
). A migration from the North to the Southwest area is thought to have occurred in the past because of an affiliation with N Athabascan speakers; the Navajo settled among the Pueblo and also assimilated with the Shoshone and the Yuma both physically and culturally while remaining a distinct social group.
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