Piers Vitebsky

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Piers Vitebsky is an anthropologist and is the Head of Social Science at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, England.

Since the 1980s, Vitebsky has carried out fieldwork with the Evens of Siberia, and other peoples of India and Sri Lanka.

Vitebsky won the Kiriyama Prize.

He has become Runner Up for the Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing 2007 awarded annually by Society for Humanistic Anthropology, American Anthropological Association.

Vitebsky has also collaborated with a number of documentary films, including: "Siberia: after the shaman"; "Arctic aviators" and "Flightpaths to the gods".


  • Dialogues with the dead: the discussion of mortality among the Sora of eastern India (Cambridge University Press 1993; reprinted Delhi: Foundation Books 1993);
  • The shaman: voyages of the soul from the Arctic to the Amazon (London: Duncan Baird; Boston: Little Brown 1995; reprinted as 'Shamanism' by University of Oklahoma Press 2001; translated into 15 languages);
  • Reindeer People: Living with Animals and Spirits in Siberia. HarperCollins. 2005. ISBN 0-00-713362-6. 

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