Know What Happened in Inuit village of Canada that Entire Population Vanished Without any Trace
Mass exoduses have been prevalent throughout history, and it is often related to some unfortunate event. They occur due to some natural calamity or due to political reasons or other unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances.
Whatever may be the reason, there always has been a reason for mass exodus, except in the case of a village at Angikuni Lake, where the entire population vanished without a trace, with its mystery yet unsolved. Angikuni Lake, a lake in Kivaliq Region, Nunavut, Canada is one of the several lakes located along the Kazan River. The region has been in the news, in the past, majorly for two reasons, one being the discovery by explorer, Farley Mowat of a cairn constructed by Francis Crozier.
He was a member of a lost expedition led by Sir John Franklin which vanished in 1848. It was as though one disappearance wasn’t enough, because the other reason for the lake to be in the news was the disappearance of the entire population of an island.
Entire Village Vanished!
In 1930, a newsman in The Pas, Manitoba reported the existence of a small Inuit village right off Lake Angikuni. These villagers were hospitable and comforting and openly welcomed the people involved in the fur trade who passed through the town.
One such fur trapper was Joe Labelle who in November 1930 made his way towards the village situated amid ice and frigid winds. Being exhausted after his long trip, Labelle felt weak and tired. In addition to this, he was cold due to the strong winds wished for nothing but food and warmth from the fire. Labelle arrived closer to the village, and all looked far from a distance. His suspicions arose when his greeting calls were answered merely by his echo but were confirmed when he finally entered the village when to his surprise, or more accurately horror, he saw that the entire population of the village had vanished. Labelle being a seasoned tracker, could not be easily put off by such an occurrence, and having spent most of his time in the wilderness, he was used to the strange incident. He laid aside the situation as one of the mass exodus.
Still, He was forced to debunk his theory when he explored the village a little more. He noticed that all supplies were untouched and the foodstuffs and weapons which would never be abandoned by the owners for any reason were left in every hut.
In one hut he found a pot of stewed caribou that had grown mouldy and a child’s half mended sealskin coat. Confused, he walked around the village for a while and saw a fire in the distance and hoping for any sort of contact rushed towards it, only to find the fire burning desolately in the frigid land. It wasn’t as if the village showed no trace of human life, food was on plates, clothes hung from lines, rifles were stacked, half-cooked meals on stone, everything was there, except humans.
Labelle stood for a while at the shores of Lake Angikuni, near battered kayaks, trying to fathom the mystery, but failing to do so, and also scared, he reported the strange phenomenon to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, from a telegraph office a few miles away.
Investigation & Theories:
The closest reason for this incident was ironically the most unbelievable. The RCMP, on their way to the lake, rested at a hut shared by trapper Armand Laurent and his two sons. The police questioned Armand Laurent, who made a strange claim that he and his sons had seen a bizarre, gleaming object, streaking across the sky just a few days ago. The object was enormous and radiated light and changed shape, from a cylinder to a bullet-shaped vessel. The police arrived at the village and confirmed everything Labelle said, after which they launched a search. Strangely enough, no trace of human life was found, but the police did find frozen bodies of the villager’s dogs.
They made an even more arcane discovery near the outskirts of the village. The police found a plethora of opened and emptied tombs and the other baffling fact was that the police reported that the land around the tombs was hard and nearly impossible to dig up. Two weeks into the investigation, the RCMP based on some berries found in a cooking pot and other food in huts estimated that the village had been abandoned for at least 2 months. If this was the case, another question arises, who lit the fire which Labelle ran towards? Surely a fire couldn’t burn for 2 months. Did Armand’s story have credit? Frank Edward’s book, Stranger than Science (1959) makes a mention of this occurrence and says that Months of patience and far-flung investigation failed to produce a single trace of any member who had lived in the deserted village of Angikuni. The mounted police filed it as unsolved…and so it remains. There are few inconsistencies with Labelle’s story which raises some red flags. The incident took place in November when the temperatures would be 13 degrees below freezing point, and Lake Angikuni would have become a thin sheet of ice.
This would imply that kayaks on the beach would not be battered by wave action, which however wasn’t the case. These kayaks were made with sealskin stretched over willow, and the astonishing fact is that Angikuni lake, being so far inland shows no signs of having willow or seals. These few inconsistencies may be co-incidents, but what cannot be ignored is the fact that something terrible had happened in 1930 in the village. Something mysterious and unexplainable which led to the entire population of the village to disappear.
This is just as sinister any anomaly that has occurred in the past. While one hopes to search and figure out the reason, one also knows that some things are far beyond the understanding of the human mind. Somethings are better hidden as often the truth tends to scare us all.
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