posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 05:17 PM
The Nahanni Valley of Canada's Northwest Territories has been called one of the last truly unexplored places in the world. Lying above the 60th
Parallel, it is accessible only by air, water or a long overland journey from the village of Tungsten. As a result, much of the area remains
unexplored, despite being declared a national park in 1976, and a World Heritage Site in 1978.
Native tales tell of an unknown evil lurking within 200 Mile Gorge, and most avoid the area. Local oral history also tells of a mountain-dwelling
tribe known as the Naha. The Naha were feared by the region's Dene people, as they often descended to raid nearby villages. These tales end with the
rapid, mysterious disappearance of the Naha. No trace of this tribe has ever been found.
The eerie nickname attached to 200 Mile Gorge is the Valley Of The Headless Men. This name comes from a series of unexplained incidents in the
Gorge during the Gold Rush of the early 20th century. Two brothers, Willie and Frank McLeod left in 1906 in an attempt to reach the Klondike through
Nahanni. Nothing was heard from them for the next two years. Rumours spoke of the two finding the "mother lode" of gold. Despite this, no efforts
were made to find them.
In 1908, another prospecting expedition discovered two bodies, later identified as the McLeod brothers. Both had been decapitated. This incident would
likely have been marked up as just another macabre tale of North had they been the only headless bodies. In 1917, the body of a Swiss prospector by
the name of Martin Jorgenson was found next to his burned cabin. Decapitated. In 1945, the body of a miner from Ontario, whose name seems to be lost
to history, was found in his sleeping bag, without a head. A trapper named John O'Brien was found frozen next to his campfire, matches still clutched
in his hand. I cannot find any reference to the state of his head.
Well, after reading this story I was quite interested in this story as this is my homeland and had never heard anything about it.
Anytime there is crazy happenings like people being beheaded or people frozen to death while clutching matches always gets my juices a flowing. And
people are saying this could be the entrance to the hollow earth and that this is one of the least explored places on Earth, well I had to see if I
could find a bit more information.
Yes, to describe it as cold up above the sixtieth parallel would be an understatement. It was damn near inhospitable – the wolves, the snow and
the biting chill, the miles and miles of tree-shrouded mountain ranges. But the Valley was something special. All year round it was an oasis for those
of the likes of us. It was warm. It was lush. It was said you could bathe naked in the zigzag streams and pools beneath ice-free cavalcades of rock.
The hot sulfur springs did it.
They also gave the place an evil smell, Old Jeff swore. That, and the mists.
The Valley, with its hot spring engines beneath it, created some sort of anomalous weather vortex. The hot sulfur-tinged air rose hundreds and
hundreds of feet, sparred with the cooler Arctic air blown down south from the pole, curled and curved back down. The process somehow spawned the
mysterious mists that kept the Valley out of reach of more common men.
The hot springs associated with this valley could very well small bad, we have all smelled sulfur at one point or another and it is not the most
Interesting to read that there could be a tropical oasis in Canada. It's an interesting thought that the hot springs could heat up the valley enough
to provide lush greenery. We have plenty of hot springs here, a couple of the more noted are Radium, and Banff Springs, so the concept is one that
could easily be true.
The idea of the mist is also intriguing, creating humidity high enough for it to resemble a topical place is another interesting tidbit in the
The region in the 1920's was one of the few areas in Canada with blank spots. The maps of the area showed two straight lines to indicate the
Nahanni and Flat Rivers, in fact one of which was in the wrong place, along with the lone word Falls.
There were persistent rumours of prehistoric animals that ravaged the region. Bones and tusks of mastodons were found. In addition, the native people
of the region were able to accurately draw pictures of mastodons on their raw hide. Combined with rumours of cliff dwelling mountain cannibals and
weird uncontrolled noises in the Valley it was only the brave who would venture forth.
The fact that they were drawing mastodons accurately is quite interesting. There is nothing saying if these are older pictures or somewhat new but
either way it was interesting. If these are recent drawings then maybe the idea of cloning a Mastodon is useless if we have the living in northern
Canada, and if this place can get as tropical as they say well there would be more than enough food for creatures like that to survive.
I wonder if there is Bigfoot up there?
This remote section of the Northwest Territories of Canada is a magnificent wilderness with a dark past. Prospectors for gold were found
decapitated, and some were never seen again. The fierce Naha tribe had also vanished without trace years before. Rumours of evil forces gained
strength, but when one visits this unforgiving environment, as R. M. Patterson did in the 1920s, one might understand the dangers that one might face,
notably the perilous ice caves, sinkholes, thundering waterfalls, such as the Virginia Falls and the cold.
I know there is a lot to read on here, but I promise it is all worth it.
This is an intriguing mystery along the like of the Ural mountains mysterious deaths.
I hope you like, and please share your opinions.