"Looking for Fawcett" was "just an excuse" claimed the Brazilian
government who imagined many were foreign agents secretly looking for
The Skeleton Hoax
In 1952 the famed Vilas Boas brothers, agents representing the interests
of forest Indians of the Kuluene area, wanted to stop the white incursions.
They dug up the skeleton of an Indian elder and claimed it
was Fawcett's. Brian was flown to Brazil, all expenses paid, by a
newspaper magnate called Assis Chateaubriand and invited to shake
hands with the Kalapalos, "his father's killers". What a press scoop!
Although Brian had with him his father's spare set of dentures to test on
the skull, although the skull had its front teeth intact while the denture
consisted of two front false teeth to replace those lost in a school rugger
match, although the skeleton was examined later by experts at Claridges
Hotel back in London and found to be of a five foot two Indian while the
Fawcett party were all over six foot, Chateaubriand and the world press
did not want facts to get in the way of a good story and so Dyott's myth
and the Vilas Boas hoax endured. Currently, one young member of the
Kalapalos tribe openly admits that the Vilas Boas brothers wrote the
whole script for this hoax and had tried to pass off the skeleton of their
elder as Fawcett's remains and claims his people now want the skeleton
back from where it is stored today, in a medical school in Sao Paulo.
But all this remains mainly unknown to the public, and as recently as
1996 an expedition of credulous American Brazilians headed off North-
East (Dyott's false trail again!) to the Kuluene region and got captured
and stripped and threatened with death by the Kalapalos for their pains. In
1998 a BBC TV documentary starting off with good intentions but also
going to Dyott's false location seems to have got hijacked by the BBC
publicity department who brazenly suggested the film solved the Fawcett
mystery. Thereby history was confused even further.
One can imagine the anger and dismay experienced by Fawcett's wife
Nina, not just over Dyott but over the Vilas Boas hoax. Brian, now the
keeper of his father's papers, was determined that not a word of Fawcett's
true objectives would ever be revealed. The world was "not ready" for
The Secret Papers reveal Fawcett was heading North-West from Cuiaba.
This will stun most Fawcett enthusiasts but it must be faced to take the
investigation further, if it is ever taken further.
Fawcett intended to meet up with Nina, as well as his best friend Harold Large and others in Amazonia as I will explain and they certainly were aware of his precise route and its geographical destination.
What Brian Concealed In Exploration Fawcett, Brian covered over his father's actual route and
objectives. Brian's private writings reveal and surviving letters show that
the quest for lost cities was a blind. By 1924 these were not on Fawcett's
main agenda. He writes to his wife on 23rd May 1925 and now
approaching sixty years old, "But for the Occult side - everything else is
peripheral (!), I scarcely see how anyone could do these expeditions."
There is a glaring contrast between the content of Exploration Fawcett
and the Secret Papers.
1. Exploration Fawcett presents an Indiana Jones-style adventurer
enduring hair-raising and violent experiences in dangerous jungle.
(Some believe the Indiana Jones story is influenced by this book).
The Secret Papers reveal a quiet, introverted academic. Fawcett comes
across as dedicated and obstinate in his obsession; a pacifist, a vegetarian
ascetic, a socialist with democratic convictions, anti-establishment and a
2. Amazonia in Exploration Fawcett is largely drawn by Brian's dramatic
imagination. When I went there, following Fawcett's real route, I
certainly did not recognize what I had read in the book and certainly not
what was described as the local topography in the Secret Papers.
Amazonia in the Secret Papers is gruelling but according to Fawcett
"preferable to so-called civilized life in Devon." The planned route to "Z"
in the Secret Papers is an allegory, for he intends to search for elements
that do not exist in this area; "a desert, some ice-capped mountain country
and tunnels through the mountains."
Brian privately observes ; "Daddy's pictured objective was constructed
upon personal imagination, romantic notion and psychic confirmation by
self-styled 'seers'. Was Daddy's whole conception of 'Z', a spiritual
objective, and the manner of reaching it a religious allegory?" Brian also
reminds us that his father had a "vast interest in Ancient Egyptian
esotericism" which itself emphasises the strived for union with god or
gods as a difficult journey that must be made by each individual.
3. In Exploration Fawcett, the objective is given as looking for a lost city,
"Z", which may hold the origins of civilization and may even be
inhabited. In the Secret Papers it is obvious that by 1924 Fawcett had
made this a secondary objective. His main aim was to deliver his elder
son Jack , now in his early twenties, over to a lodge of "Earth Guardians"
called The Great White Brotherhood (white meaning purity not race).
They are also known as The Watchers or The Shining Ones. Jack had a
"miraculous" birth that I will describe later and, incredibly, Fawcett
turned down the possibility of T.E. Lawrence accompanying him on this
gruelling expedition in preference for a totally inexperienced youth. The
Secret Papers reveal that the intention was that Fawcett would set up a
colony of spiritually inclined settlers in Amazonia while Jack (once
trained by the brotherhood) would found a similar colony in his own
birthplace Ceylon. These plans Fawcett codenamed "The Great Scheme."
I should say here that although the concept of earth guardians existing in
Amazonia may seem improbable to most people, Alan Ereira, a BBC
producer found a lost city in Colombia in 1998 with a population dressed
in white robes called the Kogi. They told Ereira that they were earth
guardians, mankind's responsible elder brother and that their task is to
teach their younger brother how to treat the earth and how to advance
mankind and civilization in the right spiritual and nature-friendly
THE GREAT SCHEME In The Secret Papers, Brian writes "The old cities were not his principle
objective, but were necessary to provide the finance for his Great
Scheme…A fantastically ambitious idea of creating colonies of super-
people who would take over from existing governments and become the
beginnings of a new race".