In the winter of 1930 an incident took place in Canada. A trapper named Arnaud Laurent and his son observed a strange light crossing the northern sky. It appeared to be heading toward the area of Lake Anjikuni. The trappers described the object as cylinder shaped or bullet shaped.

Joe Labelle, another trapper, was visiting an Inuit village of approximately 30 people and was surprised to find the community now barren, devoid of any signs of life. Canoes were still on the beach, rifles at doorways, food had been left in pots. Even the town’s graveyards were empty.

The only sign that anything had lived there were the corpses of the town’s dogs which had died of hunger, chained beneath a tree and covered by a snowdrift.

He reported his discovery to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The RCMP conducted a search for the missing people. No one was ever found.

What happened to these people? Is anyone still searching for them? Will they ever be found?

This is the story as it appears in Frank Edwards 1966 book, Stranger than Science; other versions appear in Whitley Strieber’s science fiction novel, Majestic (fiction); The Worlds Greatest UFO Mysteries (presented as fact) has an even more embellished version, as do other websites and books, complete with mysterious lights in the sky, empty graveyards, and over one thousand people missing

The earliest version that was found is in the November 29, 1930 Halifax Harold, written by a journalist of questionable repute, Emmett E Kelleher. The article contained a "photo" later found to be from 1909 that had nothing at all to do with the story. The story appears to have been forgotten until referenced by Edward’s 1966 book.

The RCMP has since dismissed the case as an urban legend, claiming (incorrectly) that the story originated in the book Stranger Than Science by Frank Edwards. The RCMP also states that “It is also believed that such a large village would never have been possible in such a remote area.”; (this, despite the fact that the aforementioned book the RCMP is using for reference only cites 30 people, and 1 grave.) The RCMP states that it has no records of any unusual activity in the area.

Despite the modern RCMP explanation, an older one can be found from 1931, issued by the RCMP itself after an investigation that the modern RCMP does not acknowledge. The 1931 RCMP considered the whole story untrue, although later investigations indicate there may have been some structures that were permanently or seasonally abandoned by the occupants, a normal act which could be confusing to those inexperienced to the area and conditions; it was not sudden and nothing of any real value was left behind. The November 1976 Fate Magazine also studied the story much to the same conclusions.

Wikipedia: Lake Anjikuni

20kweb: Whole Village Vanished

Lake Anjikuni: Whole Village Vanished

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2 Responses to Did the Lake Anjikuni Inuit village really mysteriously vanish?

  1. [...] huts. More worrisome still, they found that the village’s burial ground had been violated, still-frozen graves (or possibly just one grave) had been neatly opened, and the bodies taken. Meanwhile, strange, [...]

  2. Ringo says:

    I do believe this incident to be true, authorities in the world tend to ‘sweep clean’ evidence of unexplainable occurences and other phenomena, though I can’t say why. Maybe they don’t like to be taken as inept or stupid.
    It is also true that events such as this and many other phenomenal occurences with passage of time tend to get ‘blurred’ and their credbility being doubted, even by those involved. Yet that do not meant it didn’t happened.

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