EAST FALMOUTH — Among the dozens of dancers in traditional regalia, wheeling and stomping to the pounding drumbeat, a group wearing neon-colored masks and towering peacock feather headdresses stood out.
These Gombey dancers from Bermuda were in East Falmouth on Saturday to reconnect with the Mashpee Wampanoag, a Cape Cod Native American tribe that the Bermudans consider long-lost family.
“Our ancestors were brought to Bermuda as slaves in the 1600s and we’ve been trying to find each other ever since,” said Nives Filice, 45, chairwoman of the St. David’s Islanders and Native Community.
The groups reconnected in 2000 and began a series of cultural exchanges.
It’s been almost like finding a missing piece of your history,” Filice said.
The latest reunion took place at the Mashpee Wampanoag Pow-Wow, an annual, weekend-long celebration of native culture in its 92d year. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.