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.”
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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.