Saturday, 15 March 2014

The Anjikuni Mystery : Village that Disappeared

Mysterious are the cases of individuals disappearing without a trace. But what about the entire population of a village that vanished without a single clue ? This is exactly what had happened at the Inuit village near Angikuni Lake in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut, Canada.

On an evening in November 1932, the Canadian fur trapper named Joe Labelle was searching for a refuge from the intolerable cold of the tundra when he stumbled upon the Inuit village of Angikuni. Joe wasn't new to this place, which he knew as a thriving fishing community of about 2,000 residents. Except then he had found it full of hospitable villagers and their playful sled dogs. But today, he found the village sunken deep in an eerie silence. There were no roars of laughter, no usual sound of friendly chatter and no barking of the sled dogs. As he cried out to the villagers, there was no reply. The huts, the tents, everything was quiet. As he scurried through the village desperately searching for life, he noticed a fire burning at a distance. As he quickly headed towards it, he discovered not the excepted face of a friendly villager, but the charred remains of a stew neglected by its brewer. He explored every single hut he could find. The people's dearest possessions, their food supplies, weaponry, everything was in place. But there was not a single human face. Bathed in cold sweat, Labelle struggled to the nearby telegraph office, and promptly sent a message to the nearest Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) barrack.

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