Updated: Jan 25
Dominique Daye Hunter
Readers and supporters from across the Phoenix valley joined on Sunday, December 18th 12-3pm to celebrate 6 months of Seeds: Stories of Afro-Indigenous Resilience by Dominique Daye Hunter.
Hosted in the private dining room of local Chandler coffee shop and winery Bottle & Bean, the Holidaye Poetry Soirée & Fundraiser afforded Seeds readers to a private reading, book discussion, lunch, and raffle. Tickets included early bird, general admission, and V.I.P (Very Involved Persons) rates. All proceeds from funds raised went to helping D. Daye on the next leg of her journey: creating a second home in North Carolina to be close to hená (her mother) as she gets into her golden years and be more involved in Yèsah culture and language learning.
Dominique first opened with a Tutelo-Saponi winter prayer, asking the Creator and Mother Earth to keep participants and their loved ones fed, warm, and safe through the dark, cold season.
Next, she thanked everyone for joining and gave special acknowledgment to the sponsors of the event who either donated raffle items or purchased $150 V.I.P. tickets. TiThe latter included a special V.I.P gift bag, copy of Seeds, 40 raffle tickets, social media advertising pre and post event, and lunch provider for those who attended in person.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Hená aka momma bear
Rocio Francis, Morning Mist Soap Co.
Shalanndra Benally, IMCASTERR
Taylor Rose Vigil, Khapovi Herbals
JoyFree Baked Goods
Gave Garcia, Indigenous Batman
Ponypuff Beads + Laboraex
Annie Sanchez, Mariposa Strategies
Lisa, NDA NOW Landscaping
Next, the Afro-Indigenous author and storyteller read several poems including:
Our Resilience, Our Identity, Our Pride
How to Survive As a Writer
Hot, Cold, Strong
It’s Pronounced Afro-Indigenous
She is Afro-Indigenous
Is it a Crime to Be Afro-Indigenous?
Question prompts were displayed on the TV monitor and attendees then commenced in a light book discussion over steaming Moroccan Mint Matcha tea lattes, iced coffees, and lunch dishes made by award winning Chef Chris George. Mouth watering gingerbread and sugar Christmas cookies were also provided courtesy of JoyFree.
Discussion questions included:
Which themes spoke to you most?
If you are Afro-Indigenous, how can you feel more supported by both sides of your community? If you are not Afro-Indigenous, what have you learned about how you can support those who are?
What are you grateful for this winter season?
After the lunch and discussion, the raffle drawing began. Five prizes totaled over $1,100 in retail value:
Medium Raffle boxes (3):
Womb Power Box: ($150 value) won by Teya Johnson Tiger
Sensual Masculine Box: ($150 value) won by Annie Sanchez, Mariposa Strategies
Baby It’s Cold Outside Box: ($150 value) won by Sonya, Sunshine Grey Skies
Large Raffle bags (2):
Winter Wonderland Bag ($300 value) won by Barney Enos
Mega Matriarchy Bag ($300 value), won by Gabe Garcia, Indigenous Batman
The event concluded with the distribution of $50 value gift bags to each attendee who didn’t win a raffle prize, as promised on the event marketing. Gift bags included a combination of chapstick and mini soap bars by Morning Mist Soap Co, stickers by D. Daye Hunter Designs, candied nuts by Redhouse Delicates and/or fudge by JoyFree, and a personalized, handwritten note by D. Daye herself.
Guests gathered in the main coffee shop area for photos with Dominique by the Christmas tree and “see you later” hugs.
The Holidaye Poetry Reading & Fundraiser Soirée allowed local Phoenix valley readers
to connect and deepen rapport with D. Daye Hunter before she moves home to North Carolina. With the help of her sponsors, Dominique created an intimate, magical experience where for attendees at this beautiful, on-brand location. She raised over $800 to help her establish a second home in North Carolina so she can be closer to her elderly mother, her family and community, and reconnect to the Amai (land), the Tutelo Saponi Language, and her Yèsah culture.
You can continue to follow Dominique’s journey by subscribing to her website DDAYEHUNTER.com, on Instagram and / or Tiktok @ddayehunter @ddayehunterdesigns, or at LinkedIn: Dominique Daye Hunter.
Dominique Daye Hunter is a storyteller, advocate, and multi-disciplinary artist of Black/ Saponi/ Nansemond /Irish/ Polish descent. She is the CEO of D. Daye Hunter Designs and has a B.S. in Nonprofit Leadership Management, emphasis in American Indian Studies. Hunter's work explores the complex connections between historical trauma and healing in Black and Indigenous communities. She creates safe spaces for BIWOC, children, neurodivergent individuals, and chronic illness warriors. The author of “Seeds: Stories of Afro-Indigenous Resilience,” Hunter is a sophomore cohort member of the Artist Investment Program, (Arizona Commission on the Arts) and lives between Arizona and North Carolina. Follow her journey on Instagram @ddayehunter and @ddayehunterdesigns.