Sherman Terrance Chaddlesone, 66, was born June 2, 1947, to John Wesley and Alice Toppah (Yellowhair) Chaddlesone in Lawton. He passed from this life on Saturday, August 17, 2013, surrounded by family at his home in Anadarko.
Sherman Chaddlesone, born in 1947 at the Kiowa Indian Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma, is an enrolled, full blood member of the Great Kiowa Nation and is descended from chiefs, noted warriors and accomplished artist of the Kiowas.
Chaddlesone's earliest art training was received at home from his father, John Chaddlesone, who was a commercial illustrator, and through the public school system, at Lawton, Oklahoma. In the fall of 1964, Chaddlesone began more formal art training with his enrollment at the prestigious Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Following three years of study at the I.A.I.A., Chaddlesone completed a tour of duty with the U.S. Army through 1968-1969, and was awarded various decorations from the Vietnam conflict. He served in Thailand and Viet Nam as an intelligence & operations specialist and was awarded an honorable discharge.
Chaddlesone and his wife “Allie” moved to San Francisco, California in late 1969 where he served as the Director of the Indian Arts Workshop funded through the Sam Francisco Art Commission's Neighborhood Arts Program. While living in San Francisco until 1972, Chaddlesone also worked with the Indians of All Tribes organization who were the occupiers of Alcatraz Island and the vanguard of the “Red Power” movement during the 1970's.
Chaddlesone returned to Oklahoma where he utilized his G.I. bill benefits to enroll as an art major at the University of Central Oklahoma at the urging of his close friend and fellow tribesman, T.C. Cannon, who was then attending U.C.O. under the G.I. Bill.
Sherman and Allie relocated to her home area on the Kalispel Reservation in Washington State in 1974 where Sherman was employed as the Administration Manager for the Reservation. During this period, Sherman and Allie became very active in the Northern Pow-wow circuit and they both won many awards as contest dancers. Also during this time, Sherman returned to exhibiting his artwork at various galleries and museums across the nation.
In 1982, encouraged by market demands for his artwork, Sherman and his family returned to Oklahoma to pursue an art career on a full-time basis and, in the years since, he has won numerous awards in juried art exhibits for his painting, printmaking, and stone sculpture. He was also commissioned to produce several portraits in bronze for the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians at Anadarko, Oklahoma and the U.S. Army's Ft. Sill Museum.
In 1984, ten 6'x8' murals depicting Kiowa mythological origins and history were created for the Kiowa Tribal Museum in Carnegie, OK. known all over the world as the Kiowa Murals Project done by artists Sherman Chaddlesone, Mirac Creepingbear and Parker Boyiddle.
In the late 80's Sherman was actively involved in the founding of the Jacobson Foundation and establishing the Jacobson House located in Norman, OK, as a Native American Arts Center.
In the summer of 2000, Sherman traveled to Germany to participate in a symposium and a series of exhibits with an international group of artists based in Bremen, Germany. In the fall of 2001, Sherman and other native artists hosted the group in Oklahoma.
Photography has been a sideline activity to Chaddlesone's art career and life experiences and, though he did not previously exhibit his photos, his photography was selected for a special exhibit at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Along with maintaining his art career and related activities, Chaddlesone served as an elected member to the Kiowa Business Committee, which is charged with the responsibility of conducting all business for the Kiowa Nation. He also served in an advisory and consultant capacity to various art-related boards and projects on a national level.
Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Hubert Chaddlesone and Ricky Dean Chaddlesone; and one sister, Teresa Haynes.
Survivors include his wife, Adeline(Allie) of the home; four daughters, Angela McCarthy and her companion John Robedeaux, Shawndae Chaddlesone, Alison Chaddlesone all of Anadarko, OK, and April Hiosik-Ignacio of Sells, Arizona; a special nephew raised as a son, Ronald Haynes of Norman; six grandchildren, Synthea Tofpi and her companion Kevin Daugomah, Tahli Spottedwolf, Summer Spottedwolf, Melvin Harragarra, Pachynne Ignacio and Micah “Bambino” Ignacio ; three great-grandchildren, Daysha Lynn Tofpi, Dezirae Sue Tofpi, Nevaeh Ray Daugomah; one brother, David Lynn Chaddlesone; two sisters, Janis Yvonne Chaddlesone-Little and her husband Eddie Little, Mary Denise Autaubo and her husband Lavert Autaubo, all of Anadarko; Sister-in-law, Shirley Sandoval and husband David Sandoval of Spokane, Washington; special grand dogs, Mandy and Samantha Jones Bradford Stoops; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Casket bearers will be the Kiowa Black Leggins Warrior Society (Ton Kon Gah). Honorary casket bearers will be Leroy Seth, DK Toppah, Alan Yeahquo, Thomas Haynes, Ronnie Haynes, Bunny Ross, Mac Silverhorn, Bill WarSoldier, Tom Thompson, Jeff Satoe, Lee Tsatoke, Bruce Caesar, Ron Abraham, Heinz Hugel, Dan Bracket, Skeex Russell, Dewey Tsontekoy, Wallace Coffee, Larry Spottedbird, Carl Concha, Leland “Moss” Randolf, Otis Halfmoon, Ernest Redbird, Jeff Yellowhair, Jackie Yellowhair, Amos Black III, all of his family and friends on the Kalispel Reservation in Usk, WA, and all of those who knew and loved him.
A viewing visitation is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at the Steverson Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, 2013, at the Anadarko First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Saddle Mountain Cemetery. Family meal will follow at Hog Creek Warren Hokeah Building, Anadarko, OK.