Mystery of Anjikuni Village

In 1930's a mysterious disappearance occured in Anjikuni (Angikuni) village, located about fifty miles away from the Churchill police station in Canada. It is mainly inhabited by Eskimos. One day, the entire population of this village vanished without leaving any trace. The intriguing thing is that even after more than seventy years, no trace of the people of this village has been found. It seemed as if people of this village had simply dissolved into air by some magic power. Another mysterious thing was that only the human beings disappeared. Their household goods as well as cattle and other things remained intact.

In September 1930 Joe Labelle, a fur trapper well known in the Anjikuni village, found that all the villagers had gone. Labelle had visited the area before and knew it to be a bustling fishing village full of tents, rough hewn huts and friendly locals, but when he shouted a greeting the only sound that returned to him was that of his own echo and his snowshoes crunching through the icy frost. He found unfinished shirts that still had needles in them and food hanging over fire pits and therefore concluded that the villagers had left suddenly.

He even inspected the fish storehouse and noticed that its supplies had not been depleted. Nowhere were there any signs of a struggle or pandemonium and Labelle knew all too well that deserting a perfectly habitable community without rifles, food or parkas would be utterly unthinkable, no matter what the circumstances might have been to force the tribe to spontaneously migrate.

Even more disturbing, he found seven sled dogs dead from starvation and a grave that had been dug up. Labelle knew that an animal could not have been responsible because the stones circling the grave were undisturbed. He reported this to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who conducted a search for the missing people; no one was ever found.

As the news of mass disappearance of the entire population of this arctic village reached the authorities, they launched investigations into the affair. Suspecting mass suicide, they even dug up the graves in the village. There was another shock in store for the authorities. They did not find a single dead body of the people, who had disappeared. What is more, the dead bodies of the people buried previously were also missing. The graves were all empty.

After two weeks of investigation, the RCMP — based on some berries they found in one of the cooking pots –came to the somewhat dubious conclusion that the villagers had been gone for at least two months. This presents yet another question; if the Inuits really had abandoned their homes eight weeks before, then who was responsible for making the fire that Labelle saw when he first arrived at the village?

World Famous Supernatural Mysteries by Sukhadev Prashad;;

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