Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology

2004 Edition
| Editors: Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember


  • David J. Boyd
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/0-387-29905-X_65

Alternative Names

None. The name “Fore” (pronounced FO-rey) was created by an Australian patrol officer during a patrol into the region in the early 1950s. Standing on the northern border of this different linguistic group, he asked local people for the name of those who lived further to the south. The answer was “porekina” (kina=people), meaning “people living downhill.” “Pore” was transcribed as “Fore” (Lindenbaum, 1979, p. 39).

Location and Linguistic Affiliation

The Fore are located in the southeastern region of the Central Highlands of the island of New Guinea. Their territory, centered on 6°35′ south latitude and 145°35′ east longitude, is a wedge of approximately 950 km2, bounded on the north by the Kratke Mountains and on the west and the southeast by the Yani and the Lamari Rivers, respectively. In this mountainous montane zone, altitude varies from 400 to 2,500 m, although most people live within the altitudinal range of 1,000–2,200 m. Fore territory is divided into a...


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