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 has won numerous awards for his sculptures.He 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."​

Anasazi Spirit Bear

13 x 20 x 4

Edition of 20

​$3,400

Kiva Man and Woman Set

22 x 4 x 4

Edition of 20

​$6,400

Rainbow Dancer II

14.5 x 6.5 x 8

Edition of 30

​$2,800

Tewa Butterfly

32 x 11 x 8

Edition of 20

​$6,000

Apache Mountain Spirit 

34 x 18 x 12

Edition of 22

$12,500

Apache Mountain Spirit II

16 x 10

Edition of 42

​$3,950

Matachina 1

26 x 12 x 7

Edition of 30

​$3,950

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

Upton Ethelbah's Collection

Pueblo Rain Dancer II

21 x 11 x 6

Edition of 20

​$3,800

Apache

21 x 22 x 7

Edition of 20

$6,400

Tewa Legacy

19 x 9.5 x 6

Edtion of 20

​$3,400

Vespers

22 x 10 x 5

Edition of 20

​$3,900

Ying and Yang

6.5 x 12.x 4

Edition of 50 

​$2,300

Spirit of the Bear

13 x 9 x 6​

Edition of 20

​$3,500

Apache Crown Dancer

36 x 12 x 4

Edition of 20

$8,500

Blue Corn

27.5 x 6 x 7

Edition of 30

$4,400

Eagle Dancer

24 x 12 x 6.5

Edition of 20

​$3,850

The Blessing

25 x 11 x 6

Edition of 20

​$6,200

Pueblo Corn Dancer II

16 x 9 x 6

Edition of 20

​$2,800

Buffalo Dancer

8 x 3.5 x 5

Edition of 50

​$1,800

Little Sunshine

8 x 5 x 3

Edition of 50

​$1,700

Phantasia

20 x 10 x 3.5

Edition of 30

​$2,400

Medicine Bear with Heartline

7 x 8.5 x 2

Edition of 50

​$850

UPTON ETHELBAH

Gaan Dancer

21 x 11 x 5.5

Edition of 30

​$3,600