I couldn't get it to allow me to leave a comment so I'm writing one on my blog :P
I like how you pointed out that phrase in the text. I too think it demonstrates one of the biggest differences between the Haitian people and the European mentality. I think that for the Haitians they and the animals, or nature, work together as one force. It's almost as if the animals had a willingness to assist them and were not simply being "used".