Everyone Disappears From an Indian Village? RCMP Deny It Ever Happened.

In the winter of 1930, a Canadian trapper named, Arnauld Laurent and his son were making their rounds, along their trapline in northern Manitoba when they suddenly saw a strange light travelling at great speeds, northward towards the Indian settlement of Angikuni, a small Inuit village located in what is now Nunavut. (pop. varies from 200 - 2000 depending on who's telling the story)  

They described the object as it approached and crossed the sky as a cylindrical bullet shaped object. Today, we'd called it a Flying Saucer or a UFO sighting.

Meanwhile, as they were watching this object another trapper named, Joe Labelle was just about to enter Angikuni, when he saw the object cross the sky then disappear over the horizon. As he entered the settlement he noticed no one around, no dogs were there to greet him like they normally would. The place was deserted. As he walked past the teepee's he saw the dogs chained to trees, dead, solid ice. Passing an Indian graveyard he notices the graves dug up and the bodies exhumed. Tents were left as if the occupants decided to leave in a hurry. Rifles were still loaded and standing by exits, something an Indian would never venture outdoors without. Food was left, spoiled over cold, long burned-out coals.

This story has been told many times, embellished here and there. The Eskimos blamed it on the evil spirit Tornrark.

The RCMP investigated and on January 17, 1931 made this statement:

There is no one who can confirm this story. Joe Labelle was an inexperienced trapper and unfamiliar with the terrain and couldn't have been near the town of Angikuni at the time because his trap lines were in the interior of Manitoba not on the Nunavut border. 

On the RCMP's website the incident is explained as:

The story about the disappearance of an Inuit Village is a hoax. A writer by the name of Frank Edwards is purported to have started the story, in his book Stranger Than Science. There is no evidence to support this story. A village or settlement that big with that many people could not have existed in such a remote area of the Northwest Territories, at that time.

Whatever happened we may never know, it is only based on hearsay and not based on any real event. Believe what you want.

Dog Brindle

Further Reading: The Canadian UFO Report, The Best Cases Revealed written by Chris Rutkowski and Geoff Dittman

Ref: Mysterious Universe, Village of the Dead: The Anjikuni Mystery

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