Brien Foerster was born in Rochester, Minnesota, but grew up on the west coast of Canada. At age 11, he became fascinated with the art of the Haida native people, and began carving totem poles, and other related art forms, learning from native teachers.
After completing an Honours Bachelor of Science degree, Brien decided to take up carving and sculpture full time. In 1995 he moved to Maui, Hawaii, and was hired as assistant project manager for the building of the 62-foot double- hull sailing canoe (ancestor of the modern day catamaran) Mo’okiha O Pi’ilani (Sacred Lizard that Pierces the Heavens), a project that lasted two years. Having learned how to make Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddles from master carver Keola Sequiera, he then started an online outrigger paddle business, which flourished internationally.
Peru became his next major area of interest. Study of the Inca culture led Brien to write a book, A Brief History Of The Incas, available in e-book form along with his numerous other publications on his Web site, www.hiddenincatours.com, as well as amazon.com, lulu.com and smashwords.com. He is actively engaged with native Shipibo people from the central Amazon of Peru, promoting the sale of their traditional arts and crafts at www.shipibospirit.com. He has written nine books. His book, A Brief History of the Incas, is available through David Hatcher Childress’s Adventures Unlimited Press.
Brien writes articles for Graham Hancock, and he is associated with Lloyd Pye of the Starchild Project. Brien’s research into the mysterious elongated human skulls of the Peruvian Paracas culture is included in a book Brien co-authored with David Hatcher Childress, The Enigma of Cranial Deformation: Elongated Skulls of the Ancients, also available through Adventures Unlimited Press.
Brien works closely with several eminent “alternative” researchers, including Stephen Mehler – author, Egyptologist and expert on crystal skulls; Christopher Dunn – engineer and author of The Giza Power Plant and Hugh Newman of Megalithomania, with whom Brien co-sponsors tours to mysterious ancient sites.
Brien has been a repeat guest on several episodes of the History Channel’s reality television series, “Ancient Aliens.”