>"I first became aware of the New Guineans’ attitude toward risk on a trip into a forest..."
>"I now think of New Guineans’ hypervigilant attitude..."
>"Traditional New Guineans have to think clearly about dangers....In contrast, Americans’ thinking about dangers is confused."
The truth is it's a common, learned attitude of anyone who spends a lot of time sporting in the outdoors - no matter where you live. The author himself points out the American/European pilot and raft guide, for example.
For example, before I worked in the Peruvian rain forest I would not have guessed that being hit by a brazil nut was one of the commonest reasons for accidental fatalities in the forest.
But you're right, he's a native fetishist.