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Tonga Meets Samoa: Stephen Paea Connects With Danny Shelton After Redskins Win

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The islands of Tonga and American Samoa are separated by 551 miles in the Southern Pacific Ocean.

Thursday night, representatives from both countries reunited in Cleveland, Ohio, in the bowels of FirstEnergy Stadium.

By now you're well aware of Stephen Paea's Tongan roots and his performance of the Haka Dance, a war dance that originated in New Zealand.

Browns rookie Danny Shelton, from the University of Washington, who has roots on his mother's side from American Samoa, also has his own cultural signature, wearing a Polynesian dress to represent his background.

The two of them posed for a photo Thursday after the game, further strengthening their island connection.

For reference, "Uso" in Samoa means brother or sister. "Toko" in Tongan means sibling or close acquaintance.




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