On this trip we were trying to locate a seep (slow water leakage) called "Shaman's Cave Seep". We did not locate the seep because it was probably dry at the time of year we were there, but we did find several small caves / shelters in the area. We figured that with a name like "Shaman's Cave", there had to be a logical reason for it, like... a cave that was once used by a shaman.
Pictured below is a shallow cave located about 450' above the valley floor and measured approximately 9' x 9' at the opening. In the rear of the cave there is a large and very old packrat midden, but the most interesting thing that we found was stuck into a crack in the wall. There are three possible "spirit or prayer sticks" placed into a crack about six feet above the floor with one additional stick lying on the floor directly below the others. It may have fallen from above or it may have been deliberately placed there. I found a similar type of shelter about 10 miles from here that also contained a "spirit or prayer stick" (Desert National Wildlife Range 16).