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Queer and Indigenous-Owned La Matriarca Woodworkings Honors Matriarchy With Power Tools and Sisterhood

by Mark Van Streefkerk


Like all construction trades, carpentry is overwhelmingly male-dominated, literally meaning most of the world has been built “by men for men,” as Melissa Garcia described. With her business La Matriarca Woodworkings, Garica hopes to make a little more of the South End built by women. 

Offering carpentry, construction, resin, and custom work, South Park-based La Matriarca has been especially busy this year since more families have been staying in and focusing on home renovations during the pandemic. It’s a challenge Garica welcomes, especially with the support she receives from the community. Through her booming business, as well as future mentorship opportunities in the works, Garcia hopes she can be the visible representation of a queer, POC, Indigenous woman working in the trades that she never saw when she was young.

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