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Lake Anjikuni - Native Village Disappearance

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Official R.C.M.P. Web-Site disclaimer regarding the controversial disappearance

The story about the disappearance in the 1930's of an Inuit village near Lake Anjikuni is not true.....

...A village with such a large population would not have existed in such a remote area of the Northwest Territories (62 degrees north and 100 degrees west, about 100 km west of Eskimo Point).

Internet search for Anjikuni produces a moderate number of returns including these which are more fanciful works although they may well contain some of the 'original' material..

Fanciful 1 and Fanciful 2.

THE ESKIMO VILLAGE THAT DISAPPEARED

In November 1930, Joe Labelle, a Canadian fur trapper, snow shoed into a thriving Eskimo fishing village situated on the shores of Lake Anjikuni in Canada. Labelle was greeted with an eerie silence. He thought this was very strange because the fishing village was (normally) a noisy settlement with 2,000 Eskimos milling back and forth to their kayaks.

But there wasn’t a soul about. Labelle visited each of the Eskimo huts and fish storehouses but none of the villagers was anywhere to be seen. Labelle saw a flickering fire in the distance and approached it gingerly, sensing something evil was afoot on this moonlit night. Upon the fire was a smoldering pot of blackened stew. To make matters more mysterious, Labelle saw that not a single human track had left the settlement.

Labelle knew something bizarre had happened to the 2,000 people, and so he ran non-stop to the nearest telegraph office and sent a message about his findings to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Mounties turned up hours later, and they too were baffled by the mass vanishing act. An enormous search party was sent out to look for the missing villagers, but they were never found, the search party did unearth some rather strange findings.

All the sleigh dogs that had belonged to the Eskimos were found buried 12 feet under a snowdrift at the perimeter of the camp. All of them had starved to death. The search party also established that all the Eskimos’ provisions (including rifles) and food had been left in their huts, which didn’t make any sense at all.

Then came the most chilling surprise of all; the search party discovered that all of the Eskimos’ ancestral graves were empty. Whoever or whatever had taken all the living villagers had also dug up the dead as well, even though the icy ground around the graves was as hard as iron.

Later, on that unearthly silent night - the Mounties watched in awe as a strange blue glow lit up the horizon. The eerie radiance was not the northern lights, but seemed steady and artificial. As the Mounties watched, the light pulsated then faded. All the newspapers of the world reported the baffling disappearance of the 2,000 Eskimos, although many believed that a rational explanation would eventually come to light, but the Anjikuni mass disappearance is still unsolved.

The Debbil :devil: - is in the detail - one of my more favourite sayings. Certain element to this story are faithfully reproduced in 'widely disparate' recountings of this controversial event. Including that of the dogs being found starved to death under 12 feet of snow and that of the villagers kayaks having been found battered and wind-torn (not in this particular telling.) In addition, the particularly 'Miskatonic' detail of the sacred burial sites having being splayed open and emptied :w00t: - the overlying rocks having been removed (from the frozen ground) and then placed in neat linear piles - nearby.

Lots of 'factoids' surround the re-telling of the story of Lake Anjikuni Native population centres in the 'big cities' were questioned (and monitored) for inormation on the possible where-abouts of the missing villagers. Interestingly, figures for the village population (the number of missing villagers) vary widely - between particular 're-tellings' of this story. This may serve as a 'historical tracer' for sourcing (and comparing) any particular account. Variations in family or place names - can serve in the same 'forensic capacity.'

Surely - in today's modern-age - it would not present a 'too particularly over-whelming task' to electoronically survey the Lake Anjikuni shoreline. Employ themal camera's, magnetometers, metal detectors and GPS (and possibly GPR) to locate (and investigate) any previous habitation sites. This may prove informative. Similarly - review of period newspapers may also prove informative. Just a suggestion. Your thoughts? ^_^

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Prior to searching for a village full of missing people, should there be something that indicates that both the village and the people existed to begin with?

I can't imagine why anyone would want to waste resources on such a thing that one has no reason to believe ever occured.

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