Capturing Pocahontas could give him the leverage he needed to change that. However, nothing is written by the English about Pocahontas' mother. She began to dress like a Powhatan woman, wearing a deerskin apron and a leather mantle in winter, since she was of high status. After traveling down the Thames River, Pocahontas, seriously ill, had to be taken ashore. The groove provides shelter and exposes the tree fluids, which the young cicadas feed on. Pocahontas, who was about fourteen, had reached adulthood and marriageable age.