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Upton Ethelbah

Upton S. Ethelbah, Jr., a.k.a. "Greyshoes" is living proof that it is never too late to learn.

His life-long career had been in education and social programs for Native Americans and other minorities. But at the age of 54, Greyshoes traded the pen and paper for sculpting tools, after a friend introduced him to a 20-pound chunk of red and green Utah alabaster. Greyshoes quickly fashioned it into a native drum perched upon kiva steps. The piece was given to his mother so that it would remain in the family and never be sold.

That was a number of years ago. Now, Greyshoes' award-winning contemporary Native-American sculptures are collector's items for art enthusiasts nationally and internationally.

Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico is where Greyshoes calls home. Currently, however, he is living in Albuquerque to be near his aging father. Greyshoes' mother's family name is Naranjo and his father's people come from the White Mountain Apache tribe in Arizona. Loosely translated, Ethelbah means "Greyshoes" in the Apache language.

This second career makes Greyshoes feel like he's 18 years old again, He feels that he is very fortunate to have come upon such a successful second opportunity in his life. In finding subject matter for his stone carvings, Greyshoes primarily draws upon his parent's heritage. His art medium and the vast majority of the images that he carves have stylized Native American themes.

"One of the things that happens for Native artists like myself is a reinforcing cultural experience. Almost all Indians participate in their tribal traditions and ceremonies. I do that at Santa Clara Pueblo. Now I'm also able to draw from that tradition and utilize our symbols and images in my stone creations."

Greyshoes' first bronze, "Pueblo Corn Dancer" (1999), was received very well and was judged "Best contemporary Native American Art Work" at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in 1999.

Another bronze, cast in the Spring of 2000, "Song of the Corn Dance", took a first place at the Sharlot Hall Museum show in Prescott, Arizona. At Santa Fe Indian Market in 2004, "Shalako" was to receive recognition and in 2005 he repeated receiving honors for the enlargement of "Shalako."

Greyshoes enjoys traveling all over the country meeting people and educating them about Native American art and culture.

"The majority of the people that come to Indian art shows are non-Indians. They are very respectful and interested in Native Americans and whether they buy my work is not important. It is a pleasure spending time with them."

 

Upton Ethelbah Collection

Apache Mountain Spirit II

Apache Mountain Spirit II

16 x 10.5
Edition of 42
$3,950


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Gaan Dancer

Gaan Dancer

21 x 11 x 5.5
Edition of 30
$3,600


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Rainbow Dancer II

Rainbow Dancer II

14.5 x 6.5 x 8
Edition of 30
$2,800


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Blue Corn

Blue Corn

27.5 x 6 x 7
Edition of 30
$4,400


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Apache

Apache

21 x 22 x 7
Edition of 20
$6,400


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Apache Mountain Spirit

Apache Mountain Spirit

34 x 18 x 12
Edition of 22
$12,500


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Apache Crown Dancer

Apache Crown Dancer

36 x 12 x 4
Edition of 20
$8,500


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Eagle Dancer

Eagle Dancer

24 x 12 x 6.5
Edition of 20
$3,850


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Tewa Legacy

Tewa Legacy

19 x 9.5 x 6
Edition of 20
$3,400


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Pueblo Rain Dancer II

Pueblo Rain Dancer II

21 x 11 x 6
Edition of 20
$3,800


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The Blessing

The Blessing

25 x 11 x 6
Edition of 20
$6,200


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Corn Sisters

Corn Sisters

10 x 10 x 3
Edition of 50
$2,200


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Medicine Bear with Heartline

Medicine Bear with Heartline

7 x 8.5 x 2
Edition of 50
$850


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Vespers

Vespers

22 x 10 x 5
Edition of 20
$3,650


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Phantasia (Bird and Egg)

Phantasia (Bird and Egg)

20 x 10 x 3.5
Edition of 30
$2,400


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Anasazi Spirit Bear

Anasazi Spirit Bear

13 x 20 x 4
Edition of 20
$3,400


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Little Sunshine

Little Sunshine

8 x 5 x 3
Edition of 50
$1,700


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Spirit of the Bear

Spirit of the Bear

Edition of 20
$3,500


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Tewa Butterfly

Tewa Butterfly

32 x 11 x 8
Edition of 20
$6,250


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Ying and Yang

Ying and Yang

6.5 x 12 x 4
Editon of 50
$2,300


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Buffalo Dancer

Buffalo Dancer

8 x 3.5 x 5
Edition of 50
$1,800


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Matachina1

Matachina1

26 x 12 x 7
Edition of 30
$4,800


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Pueblo Corn Dancer II

Pueblo Corn Dancer II

16 x 9 x 6
Edition of 20
$2,800


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