Blood Quantum by the Indigo Girls
you’re standing in the blood quantum line
with a pitcher in your hand
poured from your heart into your veins
you said i am
This is an Abenaki-Passamaquoddy song collected in Maine by Charles G. Leland around 1882; he gives a phonetic version of it in the language dialect of that time, “Glint-wah-gnour, Pes Sausmok, or “This is the Song of the Stars.”
All around the birds in flocks are flying.
Dipping, rising, circling, see them coming.
See, many birds are flocking here,
All about us now together coming.