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In this anti-Asian 1907 NZ cartoon, is the person being entangled by the octopus in this cartoon meant to be Maori?

The clothing and long hair suggest it's not a white New Zealander (pakeha), but I assume that more likely than not, people with an anti-Asian prejudice from that time would regard Maoris as inferior to whites. Should I interpret the figure as a metaphorical representation of NZ, one that'd be used even by people who'd be prejudiced against Maoris?

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    The picture seems pretty clear; the garbs and what looks to me like facial tattoo are distinctly Maori. Using native imagery as a representation of the country isn't that unusual. See for example the American Indian Head coins. – Semaphore Apr 2 '16 at 4:27

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