Barboncito, always remembered as a "peace chief", grew up amidst the beautiful red canyon walls of Tseyi, or Canyon de Chelly. He was born in 1920 to a mother descended from the Jemez Clan, also known as the Coyote Pass People, or Maii deeshgiizhinii. Faced with a shortage of men due to warfare, the legendary Jemez women had sought out Navajo husbands to keep their strain from dying out, but that is another story.
The name "Barboncito" literally means "little beard" in Spanish. Little Beard is what the Navajo people called a mustache. Dark, small, and wiry, Barboncito did have an ample mustache. But his fame went far beyond his facial hair.