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The disappearing village of Angikuni

October 14, 2013 | Comment icon 2 comments


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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. He had been here before. 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.

The Mounties arrived hours later, to find the village unpeopled by its inhabitants. On inquiring another trapper named Armand Laurent, they found that Armand and his children had seen illuminated UFOs shooting towards the Angikuni Village. On further investigation they discovered that the ancestral graves of the villagers had been emptied. Moreover, the ground surrounding the graves was frozen and hard. The tomb stones had been piled up into two heaps, confirming that this couldn't have been the work of an animal. Further, about 7 sled dogs were found buried under 12 feet thick snow drift in a region far from the village. They had all starved to death. One report even claims that the dogs were tied up to scrub trees, preventing them from hunting for food. The Mounties were then surprised to witness shimmering blue lights in the sky.
Journalist Frank Edwards included this bizarre story in his work 'Stranger than Science'. The RCMP however, officially denied ever investigating this case. They in fact blamed Edwards for faking this whole legend. Edward's reputation, however, makes this hard to believe. Later RCMP records showed that they did investigate the disappearance, but this was nothing but a mere migration of the village population and nothing mysterious. But they failed to reason why the Inuits would abandon all their food supplies, weaponry and shelters to set off on a journey in the terrible cold.

Labelle himself claimed that a local deity named Torngarsuk, the malevolent sky god of the Inuits, was responsible for abducting them. But the claim made by Armand and the pulsating blue lights seen by the Mounties all suggest a mass alien abduction, at least, most people say so. Many ufologists have given their consent to this theory, causing it to gain much popularity.

Possibilities are infinite, and so are the different theories attempting at explaining this baffling incident. It is up to you which one seems most convincing to you.



My name is Ritoban Mukherjee. The paranormal and morbid are my hobbies. I am a student and the author of a spooktacular paranormal and occult blog named All About Occult. Do visit my blog for bloodcurdling articles on morbid mysteries, dark religions, urban legends, aliens, afterlife, haunted locations and parapsychology.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Sw0rdf1sh 9 years ago
I can't believe that you have exhumed this old urban myth. The story has no basis in fact and has been thoroughly researched. http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4371
Comment icon #2 Posted by PrincePetropia 9 years ago
I can't believe that you have exhumed this old urban myth. The story has no basis in fact and has been thoroughly researched. http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4371 I am Ritoban Mukherjee, the columnist of this article. I have not gone in favor of any viewpoints, just conveyed the legend. Thanks for the link just came to know about a new viewpoint for this legend.


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