In Species with Amnesia, Robert Sepehr attempts to show that blue-eyed people were present prehistorically outside of Europe. Sepehr tries to prove this to support his claim that blue-eyed people came from Atlantis and spread throughout the world. Included in his examples of blue-eyed people outside of Europe are the Guanche people of the Canary Islands (page 98), the Chachapoya (page 98) also known as the “cloud people,” the legends of "white gods" (page 101) and, finally the Lady of the Mask (page 102) which he says is a mummy with blue eyes.
The Guanche were a group of people who lived on the Canary Islands, an Atlantic island which is now a part of Spain, around the 15th century. While it is unknown for sure how the Guanches arrived on the islands there are many artifacts and mummies. The Guanches buried their poor in the sand and mummified their upper class in caves; their mummies were discovered in 1933. I have been able to find some sources that say they had blond hair but it has been proven that mummified body’s hair turns blond or red over time, because of decomposition of hair pheomelanin. Sepehr shows two pictures of Guanche mummies (Figures 42 and 43). I found no credible websites that could support Sepehr’s claim that the Gunache mummies had blue eyes.
Sepher claims the Chachapoya, a south American people also known as the “cloud people,” were a light-skinned, blue-eyed people. They lived in the ninth century high up in the Andes mountains in present day Peru. Archaeologists have found, unlike other people living in the area, the Chachapoya were much more advanced with their building methods, daily utensils, technology and mummified there dead and put them in caves. There is little written text left about the Chachapoya because of the conquest of the Incas by Spanish conquistadors in 1512.
n researching these people, I found a single account that says, “One controversial explorer named Gene Savoy claimed that the Chachapoya had light hair and blue eyes.” This account would be great support for Sepehr’s claim that the Chachapoya were a strong advanced people with light skin and blue eyes, but there apparently is no evidence for this beyond one explorer’s claim. There is no real evidence to prove they had blue eyes and DNA tests can show these people came from natives in the area not blued white skinned people from Atlantis:
"An analysis of the mummy skeletons using testing of DNA samples has shown that these people were probably related to other Native Americans of that region, they were definitely a very distinct culture.” (source).
Another thing Sepehr uses to help advance his claim of blue-eyed people is the belief that ancient cultures around the world were visited by Caucasian races in ancient times, and that they were known as "white gods." Some examples used in Sepehr’s book were the Inca’s refrence to a white god called Viracocha and the Aztec’s “white god” Quetzalcoatl. He is said by some cultures to be the god of everything or the god that created a city called Tiahuanaco. But there is no real evidence of this god. A 16th-century account of the Spanish conquistadors being "greeted as gods" by the Incas because their lighter skin resembled the god Viracocha has now been used by certain authors to extend this concept beyond what is historically verifiable, allowing it to spread to the genre of pseudo archaeological literature and fringe theorists, and white supremacist connotations.
The Lady of the Mask
The last example that Sepehr uses is the Lady of the Mask. Sepehr claims that a blue-eyed elite people called the Moche ruled the northern cost of Peru before the Inca existed. He supports this claim with what he calls a “blue eyed mummy”. But after researching the Lady of the Mask I found out that there was a mummy found in Lima Peru that came from the Moche people, the mummy that was found had a mask over its face and the eyes on the mask were painted blue which is said to be symbolic, not literal. Sepehr’s claim that the Moche had blue eyes is based simply on a painted mask! (And Sepehr's description of the mummy is copied directly from the Daily Mail article with no attribution). There is no archaeological/DNA evidence that says the Moche people actually had blue eyes.
In conclusion, there is no credible evidence to support any of Sepehrs claims that the Guanche, the cloud people, Quetzalcoatl (white god) and the Lady of the Mask were blue-eyed people who lived outside of Europe before the time of European exploration. This is detrimental to Sepehr’s claim that some indigenous non-Europeans had blue eyes, which is closely connected to his thesis that white, blue-eyed, blond-haired, swastika-wielding people were a "master race" that originated in Atlantis and spread out through the world. It is important for Sepehr to push the idea of global Aryan presence for his claim because Sepehr thinks white people in Atlantis were supposed to be intelligent and superior to other races. Species with Amnesia is a profoundly racist publication that is based on profoundly thin "evidence."