Hearing about an idividual vanish is one thing but have you heard about an entire village of 2000 people just vanish? n November, 1930, a fur trapper named Joe Labelle made his way on snow shoes to an Eskimo village on the shores of Lake Anjikuni in northern Canada. Labelle was familiar with the village, which he knew as a thriving fishing community of about 2,000 residents. When he arrived, however, the village was deserted. All of the huts and storehouses were vacant. Their food supply was not depleted nor were any other supplies, there was no sign of struggle, and food was still on the flames. It’s as if they just vanished in the middle of their day.
Reindeer can spook suddenly, so Nils Peder kneels calmly in the midst of the herd on which his livelihood depends. He holds a lasso color-coded to indicate the temperature and season in which it works best. As he watches the animals, Nils Peder is yoiking, chanting a throaty, traditional Sámi song evoking his wife, Ingrid. The Lutheran pastors who converted the Sámi forbade yoiking, calling it devil’s music. Nils Peder learned it from his grandparents and has taught it to his children. Norway.