Turner is professor of anthropology at Cornell University.
He has been extensively involved in human rights and indigenous
support activities in South America, having served on the
Ethics Committee of the American Anthropological Association
from 1969 to 1972, headed the Special Commission of the American
Anthropological Association to Investigate the Situation
of the Brazilian Yanomami in 1991, and been a member of the
AAA Committee for Human Rights from 1992 until 1997. In 1998
he was the recipient of the Solon T. Kimball Award of the
American Anthropological Association for outstanding contributions
to the application of anthropology to human rights and development
issues, primarily for his work with the Kayapó, Yanomami,
and other South American indigenous groups.
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